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Paintball Terrorists Sentenced

An interesting article on terrorist activities that have been occurring in the US. It does tend to focus on the Paintball aspect a little too much and only lightly touch on the possession of firearms and explosives. Randall Todd Royer and Ibrahim Al-Hamdi were sentenced on Friday.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Two American Muslims were sentenced Friday to 20 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in support of a Virginia-based conspiracy to engage in holy war against nations deemed hostile to Islam, including the United States.

Also, Masoud Khan, 34, was found guilty conspiracy to levy war against the United States and conspiracy to contribute services to the Taliban.

Bernie Grimm, who represented Khan, said the case was the result of "9-11 hysteria".
"If I thought Mr Khan had any role in aligning himself with Islamic extremists, I never would have represented him," he said.
"This has to do with John Ashcroft, with George Bush getting re-elected ... Today I'm embarrassed to be an American."

It was not known if Khan was embarrassed by the legal representation he received from Bernie Grimm. more coverage here.

"Today's sentences demonstrate the severe penalties for aiding terrorist causes," Attorney General John Ashcroft said. "We will not allow terrorist groups to exploit America's freedoms to pursue their deadly goals."
The group used paintball games played in the woods near Fredericksburg in 2000 and 2001 as military training in preparation for holy war around the globe.
Court Room Sketch of the Virginia mujahedin
All three face a potential maximum of life behind bars. Firearms convictions related to the conspiracy charges require a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 years for Khan. Chapman faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years; Abdur-Raheem does not face a minimum term. - USA TODAY

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