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  • Virginia: Muslim Who Tried To Join U.S. Military To Imitate Fort Hood Jihadi Gets 5 Years For Lying On Applications

    Virginia: Muslim Who Tried To Join U.S. Military To Imitate Fort Hood Jihadi Gets 5 Years For Lying On Applications

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    In joining the military, Shivam Patel apparently wanted to become another Nidal Malik Hasan, the Muslim U.S. Army Major who murdered 13 people while screaming “Allahu akbar” at Fort Hood in 2009: he expressed “support for Maj. Nidal Hasan, who fatally shot 13 soldiers in 2009 while serving at Fort Hood in Texas, calling the attack ‘completely justified’ as he believed that Hasan died a martyr and he wanted to become one too.”

    Actually, Hasan is still alive.

    “Virginia man who wanted to join Islamic State gets 5 years for lying to the US Army,” by Scott Daugherty, Virginian-Pilot, June 5, 2018:

    A Williamsburg man who traveled to Jordan in a failed attempt to contact a terrorist group and then tried to join the U.S. military was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

     

    Shivam Patel, 28, also was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines in connection with two counts of making false statements during his military application process….

     

    According to court documents and prosecutors, Patel – who was raised Hindu before converting to Islam several years ago – traveled to China in July 2016 to teach English. While there, he grew displeased with how that country treated Muslims.

     

    His employer arranged for Patel to fly back to Virginia on Aug. 23, 2016, but, instead, Patel traveled to Jordan, where he was arrested a few days later for unspecified reasons. Court documents said Patel told taxi drivers and others in Jordan that he supported the Islamic State.

     

    A search of Patel’s computer showed he researched how to join the Islamic State before he left for China.

     

    Jordanian officials moved to deport Patel, prompting him to return to the United States on Sept. 2, 2016. On his way back to Virginia, he stopped in Detroit, where he started talking with an undercover FBI source about the Islamic State. He explained he went to Jordan in part to find like-minded Muslims. He said he wanted to do something “bigger, better, and more purposeful,” like dying in the cause of Allah….

    Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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