Skip to comments.Feds: L.I. Man Wanted To Join Al Qaeda Affiliate, Commit Murder Overseas
Posted on 10/19/2013 12:20:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
U.S. Attorney: Marcos Alonso Zea Of Brentwood Wanted To Wage Violent Jihad
A Long Island man allegedly tried to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out violent jihad overseas, authorities said Friday.
Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as Ali Zea, of Brentwood is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, attempting to provide material support to terrorists, obstruction of justice and more.
play Feds: L.I. Man Wanted To Join Al Qaeda Affiliate, Commit Murder Overseas1010 WINS' Al Jones reports 00:00 As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, Zea appeared in court for an initial appearance wearing glasses and a low ponytail.
The judge called Zea a threat and a flight risk and ordered him held without bail. His family later claimed that studying Arabic is not a crime.
Zea, 25, allegedly planned to travel to Yemen to wage jihad alongside al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day, 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound plane.
Zea tried traveling to Yemen but was intercepted in the United Kingdom and returned to the U.S., authorities said.
Despite being prevented from traveling to Yemen himself, Zea stayed in cahoots with co-conspirator Justin Kaliebe, authorities said.
Zea allegedly gave Kaliebe, 18, money to make the trip to Yemen. Kaliebe was also intercepted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, authorities said.
Two individuals who were born in the United States, raised in the United States, decided to turn against their country, allegedly, to join al Qaeda, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller told WCBS 880 on Friday.
When Zea realized he was under investigation, he asked a friend to erase the hard drive on his home computer and destroy two other hard drives, authorities said. Those drives have since been seized and found to contain issues of Inspire magazine, a propaganda tool for al Qaeda, according to authorities.
Despite being born and raised in the United States, Zea allegedly betrayed his country and attempted to travel to Yemen in order to join a terrorist organization and commit murder, said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. When that plan was thwarted, Zea continued to support terrorism by assisting his co-conspirators efforts to travel to Yemen to fight violent jihad. When the defendant sensed investigators from the JTTF closing in, he engaged in a desperate effort to cover his tracks by attempting to destroy evidence a tactic that only confirmed his violent aims.
Kaliebe has since pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to provide material support to AQAP.
As al Qaeda has diminished as an organization, it has morphed into al Qaedaism, which lives in the dark corners of the Internet, Miller said. Youve got videos from people like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, their chief recruiter. Both individuals who have been dead for some time that are still resonating with a group of young, disaffected Muslim youth and the United States government is still struggling with a counter narrative or a voice that can be the other side of that argument.
Zeas mother, Sandra Zea, denies the allegations. Holding her sons diploma and graduation photo, she called the case a huge misunderstanding.
Hes a little shy, but I know in my heart he is a good guy. Im very upset, she told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan. He has a big heart.
The family has been under surveillance.
Theyve been following us everywhere. The only place they havent followed was to the bathroom, said Zeas father, Albaro Zea, adding when asked if his son traveled to London in an attempt to get to Yemen, Yes, but it was vacation with my daughter!
Albaro Zea reiterated his belief that the whole thing is a misunderstanding.
Yes, FBI and police trying to convict of something he has not done, he said.
Kaliebe is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Aspirants with lethal intent who seek terror training abroad are of paramount concern, said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Fortunately, like Kaliebe before him, Zea was stopped due to the close cooperation between the NYPD and FBI.
In a statement, Long Island Rep. Peter King called the arrest a vivid reminder of the threat we continue to face from domestic Islamic terrorists.
>> In a statement, Long Island Rep. Peter King called the arrest a vivid reminder of the threat we continue to face from domestic Islamic terrorists.
Thank God for Peter King.
Peter King is a greater threat to this country than Zea ever could be.
” he such a good boy”
Justin Kaliebe, of Babylon, New York, allegedly conspired with Marcos Alonso Zea, who was arrested on Friday, over charges that they were working to support al-Qaida.
Zea was the leader of the two, attempting to fly from New York to London, with the ultimate destination of Yemen, officials told NBC.
But agents in London turned him back and sent him to the United States, where upon his return he turned to financing and inspiring another Long Island mans commitment to global terror.
That would be Kaliebe, a student at Babylon High School, who pleaded guilty in February to attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
Kaliebe was recorded saying he wanted to travel to Yemen to fight the Yemeni Army and kill those who are fighting against the Sharia of Allah whether its the U.S. drones or their puppets, according to prosecutors.
When asked if he was afraid to die, Kaliebe responded I wanna . . . . Its what anyone would want, any believer would want.
Kaliebe is at a federal psychiatric facility in North Carolina where government psychiatrists found him mentally competent, sources told Newsday; He has now hired his own psychiatrist to independently assess his mental capabilities.
He faces 30 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6.
Zea lived with his parents. Interviewed at their home and after the court hearing, they both denied that their son was capable of terrorism.
“It’s a lie,” his mother, Sandra Zea, a native of Guatemala, said in Spanish. “He has a good heart.”
Zea’s father, Alvaro, a native of Colombia, said the couple had another son who also had not done anything wrong. That son had been an Air Force cadet in high school and was now serving in the Air Force at Fort Dix.
Perhaps the other son needs some eyeballing too?
We all recall another “Inspire” reader at a base doing what Obama called “workplace violence”.
Who’s to say the brother doesn’t hold similar sympathies?
Like I said a day ago, I’d rather deal with an adversary than a quisling.
If these people are so anxious to fight and die, why don’t we help them? We’ll just skip the first step and execute them. Same results, and everyone will be happy.
I am not against what you say per se. But my reservation is that just exactly who is the judge and executioner in this? Given who runs our government, the ineptness of nearly everything it does from Foreign Policy and Safety to implementing an on-line computer application system (ACA - Obamacare), there is nothing that gives me comfort in saying that we could just execute threats right there on the spot.
My honest gut feeling is that if such a practice were made acceptable, Obama and his goons would abuse it and use it to diminish the ranks of his detractors. I’d sooner trust a lynch mob of my own peers than the US Government now.
Work as a Spitehouse intern instead - same goal, better food and only one camel to worry about. Yeah, I said it, Chewbacca.
What was his DU name?
What ever happened to just joining the FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION ?