By Jim Kouri
A Kenyan national who advocated violent jihad was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Friday by a judge in Miami, Florida, for funneling $11,600.00 to Islamic terrorist organizations operating in countries located in northern Africa and the Middle East. The Islamist defendant entered a guilty plea in Florida since some of the money was transferred in Miami.
The defendant, 27-year-old Mohamed Hussain Said, a citizen and resident of Nairobi, Kenya, was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida for his participation in a conspiracy to give material support to three groups that are designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department: the so-called “core” al-Qaida, al-Qaida in Iraq/al-Nusrah Front (AQI/al-Nusrah Front) and the Somalia-based Al Shabaab, all of them Sunni Muslim organizations.
On May 28, 2015, Said pleaded guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to provide money and recruits to the three aforementioned groups. Said’s role in the terrorism conspiracy was the receipt of a series of wire transfers from co-conspirator Gufran Ahmed Mohammed to be transferred to Al Shabaab, which frequently crosses the border of Somalia into Kenya to launch attacks. Al Shabaab has also successfully recruited Kenyan Muslims — a religious minority that includes family members of President Barack Obama.
Said was also involved in the recruitment of experienced Al Shabaab fighters for AQI/al-Nusrah Front to fight in the Syrian rebellion that has been taken over by radical jihadists. Additionally, Said attempted to recruit jihadists for terrorist operations and attacks within the United States homeland.
Meanwhile, also on Friday, in Manassas, Virginia, 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin was sentenced to 11-years in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his internet activities for conspiring to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), arguably the most powerful, active and bloodthirsty terrorist group currently active in the international jihad.
“Ali Shukri Amin is a young American who used social media to provide material support to ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin. “ISIS continues to use social media to send their violent and hateful message around the world in an attempt to radicalize, recruit and incite youth and others to support their cause. More and more, their propaganda is seeping into our communities and reaching those who are most vulnerable. The Department of Justice will continue to use all tools to disrupt the threats that ISIS poses, and our efforts will be furthered by parents and other members of our community willing to take action to confront and deter this threat wherever it may surface,” Carlin noted.
“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIS will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIS,” said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente. “The Department of Justice will continue to pursue those that travel to fight against the United States and our allies, as well as those individuals that recruit others on behalf of ISIL in the homeland.”
Jim Kouri is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to WPTF, Raleigh, North Carolina. Jim was chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Jim appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.