At a Glance | November 6

Journal of Suspect in NJ Killing Reveals Goal of Funding Overseas Travel

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In a journal found after his arrest for killing a New Jersey college student, Ali Muhammad Brown (left) wrote he sought rich victims to fund his terrorist activity, according to a recent court filing by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. “Save all monies for hijra,” read an entry, using a term that is associated with foreign fighters joining ISIS. “Find luxury apartments surrounded by forest. Make sure to take everything including watches, rings, necklaces, jewelry, cash, etc.” Brown, the first person charged with terrorism under state law in connection with a homicide, faces up to life in prison if convicted. Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston, was shot several times before midnight on June 25, 2014, while stopped at a traffic light in West Orange. Prosecutors have said Brown, 32, of Seattle, has confessed, but his defense lawyer contends that statements from some of the interviews Brown gave should be inadmissible. Brown is also charged with an armed robbery in Point Pleasant Beach and three homicides in Washington state. As pretrial motions in his terrorism trail continue this week, Brown is being held at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton serving a 36-year sentence for a 2014 armed robbery in West Orange.


Documents from Bin Laden Compound Give Details on al-Qa’ida’s Relationship with Iran

The latest release of documents from Usama Bin Ladin’s compound in Pakistan includes a 19-page report assessing al-Qa’ida’s relationship with Iran. It states that Iran offered some “Saudi brothers” in al-Qa’ida “everything they needed,” including “money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf,” according to the Long War Journal, which got an advance look. Despite tension between a Shia nation and a Sunni terror group, the report noted common interests, particularly being an “enemy of America.” The 470,000 documents made public November 1 by the CIA were among those recovered by Navy SEALS during the 2011 raid in which Bin Ladin was killed. The cache showed Bin Ladin was active in managing al-Qa’ida and includes a handwritten, 228-page journal. It includes his reflections on al-Qa’ida’s place in the world and his hope that followers could capitalize on the 2011 Arab uprisings.


Opening Arguments Expected in Trial of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

A federal jury in Las Vegas was seated November 2 and is poised to hear opening arguments this week in the trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons, and a supporter. The trial stems from an armed standoff the Bundy family had with federal agents in 2014 over allegations that Bundy owed more than a million dollars in unpaid grazing leases and fines. Militia members and anti-government activists confronted the US Bureau of Land Management when agents came to collect Bundy’s livestock, and federal authorities ultimately withdrew. Bundy’s sons, Ammon and Ryan, and other anti-government militants have since been acquitted for an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife in Oregon in 2016.


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