The two are Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, from Pakistan and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, a naturalized U.S. who’s family is Palestinian but who came here via Kuwait. They both lived in Queens and conspired to aid the Taliban fight the US in Afghanistan.
From the press release from the DA in Queens:
[T]he two defendants allegedly engaged in a plan to supply terrorist organizations in Afghanistan with warm winter clothing – which in the context of the fighting in Afghanistan is as serious as supplying the enemy with bullets and bombs. These supplies would have enabled the terrorists to endure the harsh Afghan winters and extend the fighting season. These defendants, as a result, were not merely conspiring to supply clothing items to people in Afghanistan, they were conspiring to make the enemy more effective in engaging and killing American soldiers.
If that’s the case, then why wasn’t Alsarabbi, an American citizen, charged with treason?
From the criminal complaint we learn that a confidential informant (CI) ratted the two out and that Nabi thought of himself as an “Osama bin Laden” like figure who was in the initial stages of forming his own army:
DEFENDANT NABI COMPARED HIS EFFORTS TO THOSE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN, STATING IN SUM AND SUBSTANCE THAT IN ORDER TO BUILD A LESHKAR, OR SMALL ARMY, ONE NEEDED TO SURROUND HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO PLAYED SPECIFIC ROLES, AND THAT THIS IS WHAT HE WAS DOING,BUILDING HIS SMALL ARMY.
Nabi’s plan was to open a non-profit charity from which he could divert money to those fighting the US in Afghanistan. When Nabi realized that sending money to Pakistan and Afghanistan would raise alarm bells he decided instead to send the Taliban warm weather clothing:
THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT THE SOURCE OF THE AMERICAN’S STRENGTH IS THEIR EQUIPMENT, SPECIFICALLY GOOD JACKETS, GOOD GOGGLES, GOOD GPS, AND THIS WAS HOW THEY FIGHT. DEPONENT STATES THAT HE IS FURTHER INFORMED BY THE CI THAT DEFENDANT NABI FURTHER STATED THAT “WE SEND THEM JACKETS SO THEY CAN GET WARM … AND REALIZE THE GOT SOMETHING TO FIGHT WITH.” …
THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO SUPPLY WEAPONS, BUT THAT THEY ARE NOT READY FOR THIS STAGE YET. RATHER, THEY WILL SUPPLY SOCKS, SHOES, JACKETS, AND ELECTRONICS, BECAUSE THESE ARE WHAT THE BROTHERS NEED “TO BE POWERFUL.”
This is where Nabi brought in Alsarabbi who had connections in Pakistan. The pair then wired money to Pakistan which they thought would then be used to help the Taliban. They then set up a warehouse to collect the goods they wanted to send to Pakistan. The only problem? The warehouse was part of the sting operation.
So, the pair was nabbed. Oddly, the complaint mentions a third person named “Brother Mohammad” who wasn’t arrested. I wonder if this guy has agreed to testify in return for immunity?
One more interesting thing from the complaint. In addition to hating their adopted country who else do you think the pair blames for the plight of Muslims around the world? The Juice, natch:
HE DID SO BECAUSE HE HATES THE UNITED STATES, JEWISH PEOPLE, AND US SOLDIERS SPECIFCALLY AND THAT HE WANTED TO GIVE THOSE FIGHTING THE AMERICANS EQUIPMENT THAT WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD,
In any event we have yet another case in which people living here in the US conspire to help our enemies abroad.