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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2012, 10:51:29 AM »



http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/AWOL_Soldier_On_Trial_For_Bomb_Plot_Told_Mother_Its_All_True_153322385.html
AWOL Soldier On Trial For Bomb Plot Told Mother “It’s All True”
May 23, 2012

WACO (May 23, 2012)-- AWOL Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 22, who’s on trial in U.S. District Court in Waco for what prosecutors say was a plot to detonate a bomb in a Killeen restaurant frequented by soldiers, told his mother during a jailhouse visit, “It’s all true…I was going to build a bomb.”

The visit between mother and son in 2011 at the McLennan County Jail was recorded on video, which is a routine practice at the facility, authorities said.

Segments of the video recording were played for jurors Wednesday afternoon.

During the visit, Abdo told his mother he was seeking justice for people in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying, “Their suffering is my suffering.”

“The reason is religion,” he said. “There is no other reason.”

At one point in the conversation, Abdo’s mother asked her son if he had lost his mind.

“No,” he replied.
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2012, 10:58:44 PM »

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http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2012/05/24/defense_rests_in_abdo_case_jur.html
Abdo guilty of all charges
By Jeremy Schwartz |
May 24, 2012

Update 4 p.m.: A Waco jury found Pfc. Naser Abdo guilty of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder and four other charges Thursday afternoon. The AWOL soldier planned to detonate a bomb in a Chinese restaurant popular with Fort Hood soldiers and shoot the survivors. Sentencing is set for the summer.

Abdo, who was flanked by five U.S. marshals as the sentence was read, showed no reaction to the verdict.

Jurors deliberated for just a little over an hour before reaching their verdict, which followed three days of testimony from about two dozen witnesses. None would talk to reporters afterward.

Earlier: Federal prosecutors used AWOL soldier Naser Jason Abdo’s own words against him as they asked jurors to find him guilty on six counts, ranging from attempted murder to possession of a weapon of mass destruction, Thursday afternoon.

During closing arguments, prosecutors played a series of video clips in which Abdo tells police and his mother that he intended to kill Fort Hood soldiers. In a recording of Abdo’s initial confession to Killeen police in the moments after he was arrested, Abdo tells an officer: “I was planning to pull off an attack in Fort Hood, Killeen…I didn’t appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan.”

Abdo had fought a highly publicized battle for conscientious objector status based on his Muslim religion before he fled Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

A recorded jailhouse conversation showed his incredulous mother asking whether he was set up. “It’s all true mom,” Abdo said.
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2012, 10:50:13 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/abdo-faces-up-to-life-in-prison-for-2431338.html
Abdo faces up to life in prison for Fort Hood plot
August 8, 2012

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, the AWOL soldier convicted in May of plotting to kill Fort Hood soldiers, will represent himself at his sentencing hearing today in Waco federal court, where he could receive life in prison.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Walter Smith granted Abdo's request to dismiss his court-appointed attorneys. In a court filing, Abdo indicated he hoped to question high-ranking officials from his Fort Campbell, Ky., unit about child pornography charges brought against him shortly before he fled the Army post and hatched a plan to bomb a Killeen restaurant. Before fleeing, Abdo told reporters he was charged in retaliation for a highly publicized effort to win conscientious objector status based on his Muslim religion.

Army officials told the American-Statesman that the child pornography charges were dropped two months after Abdo's July 2011 arrest in Killeen because they could not determine with "a high degree of medical certainty" that the images found on his government computer were of individuals under the age of 18. Neither the charges nor their dismissal were raised before jurors during his trial. Smith denied a defense request to bring Fort Campbell legal officers before the jury, ruling the potential testimony irrelevant.

On May 24, a Waco jury needed just an hour to find Abdo guilty of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder and four other charges.

Abdo's recorded confessions to his mother and police officers played a central role in the prosecutors' case. According to testimony, Abdo told an Austin-based FBI agent that he picked Killeen to "remind people" of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2012, 11:03:30 PM »

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Abdo sentencing moved up a day; Hasan also will be in court on Thursday
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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2012, 10:49:58 PM »

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/abdo-sentencing-put-off-until-friday
Abdo sentencing put off until Friday
AWOL soldier convicted bomb plot near Fort Hood

August 9, 2012

WACO, Texas (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for an AWOL soldier convicted of planning to blow up a restaurant full of Fort Hood troops.

Prosecutors say the sentencing of Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo will now be Friday morning in a federal court in Waco. It had been set for Thursday afternoon.

Assistant U.S. attorney Mark Frazier says he believes it was Abdo who requested the one-day delay to better prepare for the hearing.
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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2012, 01:42:47 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/awol-soldier-who-planned-bomb-attack-on-fort-hood-troops-to-be-sentenced-after-postponement/2012/08/10/7a1bd762-e2ba-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_story.html
AWOL soldier sentenced to life in prison for planning bomb attack on Fort Hood troops
August 10, 2012

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U.S. District Judge Walter Smith allowed Abdo to represent himself at Friday’s sentencing after the 22-year-old told the judge last month that he and his attorneys weren’t communicating effectively.

Abdo, who was sentenced to two life terms plus additional time, sat in court with a white cloth bound over his mouth and a black mesh covering his hair and face. He has previously been accused of spitting what he thought was HIV-infected blood on agents escorting him.

Referring to Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused in the fatal shooting of 13 people at the Fort Hood military post, Abdo said that he lived in Hasan’s shadow despite “efforts to outdo him.”

Abdo said he would continue his jihad — an Arabic term for holy war — “until the day the dead are called to account for their deeds.”
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A federal jury convicted Abdo in May on six charges, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., when arrested with bomb-making materials last summer at a Fort Hood-area motel.

He also was found guilty of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

There is no parole in the federal prison system.


After the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman compared Abdo’s plot to recent mass shootings at a movie theatre near Denver and a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.

“In the wake of the tragic events in Colorado and Wisconsin, this is yet another reminder that there are those among us who would use or plan to use violence to advance their twisted agenda,” Pitman said.

In a recorded police interview, Abdo said he wanted to carry out the attack “because I don’t appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan.” His plan, according to what he told authorities, was to place a bomb in a busy restaurant filled with soldiers, wait outside and shoot anyone who survived — and become a martyr after police killed him.

According to testimony, Abdo told an investigator he didn’t plan an attack inside Fort Hood because he didn’t believe he would be able to get past security at the gates.
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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2012, 01:48:12 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/courts/entries/2012/08/10/waco_a_federal_judge.html
Abdo gets two life terms, plus 60 years
August 10, 2012

WACO - A federal judge this morning sentenced Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo to two consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years in prison for plotting to bomb and shoot Fort Hood soldiers in 2011.

Abdo, who represented himself at the sentencing hearing after dismissing his court-appointed lawyers last month, told U.S. District Judge Walter Smith that he remains committed to “jihad,” an Arabic word meaning struggle, that in some Islamic contexts can mean holy war.
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Jurors deliberated for little more than an hour before finding Abdo guilty of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder and four weapons charges.

Sentencing was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed until this morning after Abdo complained that he had not been properly informed about a scheduling change for the hearing.
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« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2013, 09:35:32 AM »

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Would-Be Fort Hood Bomber’s Federal Appeal Rejected
August 20, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (August 20, 2013)—The U.S. 5th Circuit Court, in New Orleans, has rejected an appeal by would-be Fort Hood bomber Naser Jason Abdo and upheld his conviction on several counts related to his attempt to kill U.S. Army soldiers.

Waco attorney Stan Schweiger, who was appointed by U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith to handle Abdo’s appeal after he was convicted in August 2012 on several counts related to an attempt to blow up a Killeen restaurant with the intent of killing Fort Hood soldiers.

The three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court released its nine-page order affirming the conviction and sentences on Monday.

In the first issue of a three-issue appeal, Schweiger asked that the appeals court find error when Smith denied a motion to suppress evidence found at the time of Abdo’s arrest and statements made by Abdo to Killeen police, because, according to Schweiger, the arrest was not supported by sufficient probable cause.

Abdo was arrested on July 27, 2011, at a hotel in Killeen after a clerk at a local gun store alerted police to suspicious activity.

The 5th Court, however, said “We conclude that, under all the circumstances present in this case, the police had reasonable suspicion to believe that Abdo was armed and dangerous and that the police effected a lawful investigative detention.”

Further the court said “We have held, however, that ‘using some force on a suspect, pointing a weapon at a suspect, ordering a suspect to lie on the ground, and handcuffing a suspect – whether singly or in combination – do not automatically convert an investigatory detention into an arrest requiring probable cause.’”

Schweiger’s next issue revolved around Abdo’s possession of a firearm and a superseding indictment that charged Abdo possessed the handgun in furtherance of a crime.

On that issue the 5th Court found under a “plain error review” that the trial court did not err and the judges rejected Abdo’s argument.

The last issue sought to have Smith’s ruling on refusing to pay for an expert witness overturned.

But the 5th Court waived the final issue saying it failed on its merits.

In doing that the 5th Court said “Abdo wished to have an expert testify that a bomb made with the materials found in Abdo’s backpack and hotel room would not be capable of causing much damage.

“The evidence at trial showed, however, that an explosive device could have been constructed from the materials … and the actual amount of damage that could have been caused is irrelevant.”

Abdo is an inmate at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Florence Administrative Maximum Security facility, which is 45 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colo.

At his sentencing on Aug. 10, 2012, former U.S. Army PFC Abdo, now 23, asked for no mercy because he believed Allah would show him mercy.

Smith showed him none, imposing two consecutive life prison sentences for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and for possession of a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

Smith also sentenced Abdo to a total of 60 consecutive years imprisonment for one count of attempted murder of officers or employees of the United States, two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal crime of violence, and one count of possession of a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

Smith also ordered Abdo to pay a total of $3,000 in fines and a $100 special assessment to the court.


Abdo, who's from Garland, joined the Army in March 2009, but went AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., on July 4, 2011, on the eve of his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Abdo said he came to Killeen on Jihad after he was falsely accused of possessing child pornography at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in a statement that lasted for more than 30 minutes, he said his path to Jihad would continue and that he would be given justice under Allah.

He also told the court he was being persecuted because he is a Muslim.

Abdo represented himself after Smith granted his request last month to fire his attorneys.

 

The original indictment against him alleges that Abdo had shotgun shells and pellets, six containers of smokeless gunpowder, two clocks, two spools of auto wire, an electric drill, two pressure cookers and instructions on how to build a bomb.
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