In 2006, the FBI arrested three Toledo, Ohio Muslims who created what I'd describe as a one-stop shopping business venture for Islamic terrorists—on-demand bomb-making and terrorism training services for al-Qaeda and other Middle Eastern terrorism services. Six years later, the convictions of Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum were upheld in federal court, as their arguments that the FBI had set them up were rejected. The mythical Muslim narrative of victimization fails again. Booya.
Toledo Terrorists’ Convictions Affirmed By Appeals Court Media Trackers
On August 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected an appeal from three Toledo-area men convicted of recruiting and training terrorists to kill American soldiers. Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum were convicted in June 2008 on two counts each of providing material support to foreign Islamist terrorist groups and conspiring to kill or injure American military personnel stationed in the Middle East.
Amawi and El-Hindi were also convicted of two counts of distributing information related to explosives. In November 2008, El-Hindi – who sought government grants to finance the Muslim terrorists’ operations – was convicted on separate charges of conspiracy, theft of public funds, and wire fraud.
The trio’s appeal hinged on arguments that they had been entrapped by FBI informant Dale Griffin, who played the role of “an ex-Green Beret, disenchanted with the United States.” Griffin met the would-be terrorists in 2002 through a Toledo-area mosque, working with them for the next several years on what he termed his “jihad.”
The Sixth Circuit ruled that Griffin had committed no misconduct and that his actions did not constitute entrapment. The court’s decision upheld a lower court’s earlier rulings, which included denial of a request for acquittal and dismissal of their indictment.
According to the opinion written by Judge Danny Boggs, Amawi told Griffin that he “wanted to go to perform Jihad against the U.S. troops overseas.” Although he claimed before the Sixth Circuit that he sought training only for self-defense, Amawi provided Griffin with jihadist training videos for distribution to like-minded terrorists.
“Amawi also recruited Mazloum to participate in training with Griffin,” Boggs wrote. “Amawi’s argument that he was simply seeking training to promote his ability to defend himself is implausible in light of the skills he sought to acquire, including the construction of IEDs, suicide bomb vests, and other explosives.”
While watching a terrorist training video, El-Hindi “commented about the techniques and discussed ways of using them to harm American interests.” El-Hindi also hosted a planning meeting with Griffin and his co-defendants, and “offered to recruit ‘brothers’ in Michigan for jihadi training.”
Dearborn, Michigan, has become known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism.
Mazloum, who claimed that he simply wanted training “to improve his physical fitness and develop his military training if he were ever to return to his home in Lebanon,” also “clearly stated his interest in IED training,” according to the government’s evidence reviewed by the Sixth Circuit Court.