"Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood acknowledged that clean-cut Baruch College alum Sabirhan Hasanoff, 37, led a "charitable, loving" life before he became involved with terrorist operatives in Dubai and Yemen." Yes, of course. As he became more devout, he became more violent. Jihad is devout. "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and dying in the way of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."
And Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR, ISNA, MSA, MAS, et al are working hard to dismantle NYPD counter terror programs. To what end? You do the math.
"New York-raised jihadist Sabirhan Hasanoff gets 18 years in prison" NY Daily News, September 30, 2013
A Manhattan federal judge acknowledged clean-cut Baruch College alum Hasanoff, 37, led a 'charitable, loving' life before he became involved with terrorist operatives in Dubai and Yemen, but said the former accountant must pay for sending money and equipment to Al Qaeda and casing out the New York Stock Exchange for a potential terror attack.
Fearful that he still believes in violent jihad, a judge sentenced a Brooklyn and Queens-raised Al Qaeda wannabe Monday to 18 years in prison.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood acknowledged that clean-cut Baruch College alum Sabirhan Hasanoff, 37, led a "charitable, loving" life before he became involved with terrorist operatives in Dubai and Yemen.
But she said the former accountant must pay for sending money and equipment to Al Qaeda and casing out the New York Stock Exchange for a potential terror attack.
"Everything before the court suggests that until his conversion to extremism he was a hard-working, good family man," Wood said. "None of that, however, deterred him from planning to leave his family and die fighting jihad against Americans."
Prosecutors and Wood said Hasanoff, who pleaded guilty last year, started down the path to radical Islam in 2003 while living in Brooklyn as a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The Abraham Lincoln High School graduate later moved to Dubai for work and along with another Brooklyn transplant, Wesam El-Hanafi, linked up with a Danish convert to Islam bent on waging holy war.
That man introduced the Brooklyn pair to Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, and from 2007 to 2010, Hasanoff "worked very hard to ingratiate himself" with them, hoping that they would let him join the mujahedeen fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan said Monday.
El-Hanafi, 38, who is suing the U.S. over a medical condition he blames on mistreatment in prison, also pleaded guilty last year and is due to be sentenced in November.
The surveillance Hasanoff conducted on the NYSE was "too skimpy to be useful," Wood admitted, and reports said the operatives in Yemen were actually scam artists who pocketed much of the money rather than contribute to jihad.
Defense lawyer Joshua Dratel said Hasanoff was "psychologically lured" toward Al Qadea, arguing that "there are young Muslim men … guilt-tripped into this conduct."
The two former Brooklynites were reportedly ratted out by Khalid Ouazzani, a Moroccan-American from Kansas City who pleaded guilty to supporting Al Qaeda in 2010. Hasanoff and El-Hanafi were arrested later in 2010.
"I'm very sorry for my conduct," Hasanoff said in court, tearing up when Dratel pointed out his supportive family. "I should have known better and have no excuses."
But Wood was skeptical.
"If he still believes that his afterlife will be enhanced if he commits jihad, how can I believe that he can individually be deterred," the judge asked.
Dratel said Hasanoff now subscribes to an interpretation of jihad that is legal and non-violent.