Boston: Attorneys plan to reveal identities of agents attacked by Muslim hoping to “meet Allah” through jihad


“Federal prosecutors are fighting to shield the identities of FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force members who were involved in the shooting of suspected terrorist Usaamah Rahim two years ago for fear their names will be used by the Islamic State to inspire attacks in America.”

Why would defense attorneys want to reveal the identities of these agents? This will only inhibit others from fighting against jihad terrorists in the future. Which side are these attorneys on?

“Rahim told Wright hours before he was killed that he was abandoning a plan to go to New York City and instead would ‘go after’ the ‘boys in blue’ in Boston, saying he welcomed the opportunity to ‘meet Allah’ through ‘jihad.’”

He wasn’t planning to go to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. He had been planning to go there to murder Pamela Geller for daring to showcase drawings of Muhammad — in other words, he was going to go there to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws. Instead, he decided to attack Boston police.

“As terror trial looms, prosecutors fight to protect identities of task force agents,” by Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald, July 17, 2017:

Federal prosecutors are fighting to shield the identities of FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force members who were involved in the shooting of suspected terrorist Usaamah Rahim two years ago for fear their names will be used by the Islamic State to inspire attacks in America….

Prosecutors are asking Young to bar Wright’s attorneys from asking witnesses the names of the police officers and federal agents who confronted and killed the knife-wielding Rahim in a Roslindale parking lot on June 2, 2015. Authorities said they believed Rahim, 26, planned to behead police on behalf of ISIS armed with the 13-inch fighting knife he was brandishing.

“In addition to being irrelevant, the public disclosure of the identities of Rahim’s shooters will likely be used by ISIS in their propaganda materials and calls to commit attacks in the United States,” Assistant U.S. Attorney B. Stephanie Siegmann wrote in her filing.

To illustrate her point, Siegmann said three months before Rahim died, “ISIS posted the names and addresses of 100 U.S. military service members on the internet and instructed their supporters to ‘kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe …’ ”

Wright, formerly of Everett, is accused of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, conspiring to commit acts of terrorism and obstruction of justice.

The FBI recorded Rahim days before his death telling Wright over the phone, “I just got myself a nice little tool. You know it’s good for carving wood and like, you know, carving sculptures … and you know …”

Rahim told Wright hours before he was killed that he was abandoning a plan to go to New York City and instead would “go after” the “boys in blue” in Boston, saying he welcomed the opportunity to “meet Allah” through “jihad,” according to both court papers and an investigation into his death last year by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. Conley ruled Rahim’s shooting was justified in self-defense….

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