Prison Term Imposed on Missouri Man for Threats to Jewish Groups and Cyberstalking
A judge on December 20 sentenced a Missouri man to five years in prison for a prolonged vendetta against a former girlfriend that included cyberstalking and making a dozen bomb threats using her name against Jewish community centers, schools or other facilities nationwide. US District Judge P. Kevin Castel said he made the rare choice to exceed sentencing guidelines because Juan Thompson (photo, right) weaponized his social media expertise and creativity for a malicious campaign. Thompson, 32, apologized before the sentencing in Manhattan. He pleaded guilty in June to cyberstalking and making fake bomb threats, including those against the Anti-Defamation League’s headquarters in Manhattan and Jewish Community Centers in Staten Island, Westchester, and Long Island, among others. The threats came early this year, when more than 150 bomb threats were reported against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 states, including New Jersey, and two Canadian provinces. Authorities blamed most on an 18-year-old Israeli-American Jewish hacker arrested in Israel in March. Thompson was arrested in St. Louis in March. He had been a reporter at The Intercept, an online news organization, but was fired for fabricating sources.
Massachusetts Man Gets 28-Year Term in Plot to Behead Conservative Blogger
A Massachusetts man convicted of plotting to behead a conservative blogger denounced ISIS as he was sentenced to 28 years in prison on December 19. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for David Wright, 28, who they said plotted with his uncle and a friend to travel to New York to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller because she organized a “Draw Mohammed” contest in Texas. The uncle, Usaamah Rahim, eventually told the co-conspirators that he wanted to kill police in Massachusetts. Police learned of this, approached Rahim in a parking lot to question him, and shot him dead after he lunged at them with a knife. Geller said her 2015 event in Garland, Texas, was to demonstrate free-speech rights. It contained images many Muslims consider blasphemous. Two gunmen attacked that event, and police shot them dead. Jurors in October found Wright guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism and other crimes.
Egyptian Immigrant Killed After Firing on Troopers and Police in Pennsylvania
An Egyptian immigrant targeted state and local police officers during a shooting spree that covered two miles before he was shot and killed by law enforcement in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The US Department of Homeland Security and Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico called the rampage by Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty a terror attack. It has not yet been classified by Pennsylvania State Police, Harrisburg police and other Pennsylvania authorities. El-Mofty, 51, emigrated from Egypt on a “family-based immigrant visa” and became a naturalized citizen. He lived at locations in central Pennsylvania. The shooting started just after 4 p.m. December 22, when a man fired shots at a state Capitol officer in downtown Harrisburg, striking his car several times, Marsico said. About 20 or 30 minutes later, he fired several shots at a state trooper, hitting her once. She is expected to recover, Marsico said. El-Mofty then approached pursuing city and state police in a residential neighborhood, firing from two handguns, and was shot and killed, Marsico said.