Mohammed Babar, convicted of aiding Al-Qaeda, gets out of jail in just under 5 years. What, no medal of freedom from the Muslim-in-Chief, too?
ABC NEWS –The Obama government formally requested the early release of a convicted terrorist from federal prison, even though the terrorist admitted that he continued to support the killing of U.S. soldiers serving in Muslim countries.
Mohammed Babar, born and raised in New York City, was arrested in 2004 and pled guilty to four counts of providing material support to al Qaeda and one count of providing funds to Al Qaeda. After Babar had served four years and eight months he was released on bail.
In late 2010, the government filed a sealed request for leniency for Babar because of his “cooperation” in terror investigations, asking for an “appropriate reduction” in his sentence even though federal sentencing guidelines indicate a sentence of 30 to 70 years in prison.
After the request, a judge sentenced Babar to 10 years of supervised release and a court fee of $500.
“According to Babar,” says the request for leniency, dated Nov. 23, 2010, “he still supports today the killing of American military service members on battlefields in Muslim countries. Babar has advised that he also supports the killing of Americans (both military and civilian) in Muslim countries ‘occupied’ by the United States.”
Babar joined a fundamentalist Muslim group called al-Muhajiroun while a student at the State University of New York-Stonybrook in 2000. Nine days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Babar moved to Pakistan “to provide support to the Afghan jihad,” according to the leniency request.
In November, a British television report described him as a “Taliban New Yorker” who helped U.K. citizens travel to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban. “I am willing to kill the Americans,” Babar states in the report. “I will kill every American that I see in Afghanistan. And every American solider I see in Pakistan.”
During the next three years, Babar moved back and forth between London and Pakistan. Federal authorities say he provided supplies and funds to al Qaeda, and helped set up a jihadi training camp. In April 2004, after returning to the U.S., he was arrested by the FBI as a material witness.
Babar pled guilty in June 2004, but his sentencing was deferred. According to the government, he has since provided significant help to the U.S. government, as well as the Canadian and U.K. governments, in terror investigations. As a result, the Obama government asked for an “appropriate reduction” in his sentence. (Since when does an appropriate reduction mean getting out of jail free?)