Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Federal court affirms life sentence for terrorist

Jason Abdo plotted Ft. Hood bombing
New Orleans – A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from a man who said he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

A devout Muslim, Naser Jason Abdo went over the hill from his 101st Airborne unit at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, following an ill-fated application for conscientious objector status. When he turned in a laptop used to learn languages, investigators found evidence of child pornography downloaded on its hard drive, and he fled to Texas in an attempt to avoid the charges.

He came to Ft. Hood plotting to construct bombs using gunpowder and pressure cookers similar to those used in the Boston Marathon attacks. When a suspicious clerk at the same store, Guns Galore, where Maj. Hasan bought the weapon he used in a deadly attack on Nov. 5, 2009, called police about Abdo's inquiries regarding gunpowder, police traced him to a Killeen hotel where they found bomb-making instructions, pressure cookers, and materials to improvise the bombs.

A federal jury convicted him in U.S. District Court, and he received a sentence of two consecutive life sentences for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to take the lives of federal officers, and an additional 80 years on weapons charges. As U.S. Marshals led him from the courtroom, he shouted out that he intended to avenge the loss of life in Afghanistan, as did Maj. Hasan.

Abdo, 23, is a native of Garland, Texas.

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