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INITIATIVE
Domestic Terrorism Post-9/11 (2001-2011)

During the ten years following September 11th, 2001 there were over 100 incidents of "home-grown" or domestic terrorism in the United States. To provide a valuable resource on this topic, the Crime Commission has compiled an extensive database of incidents including attacks, plots, support for, membership in, or connections with a terrorist organization. While information about terrorist incidents are available elsewhere, both on and off the Internet, the Crime Commission's database is unique in providing a centralized, concise, user-friendly, and visually engaging informational resource on domestic terrorism. read more »
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February 21, 2006

Toledo, OH

Perpetrator
Mohammad Zaki Amawi,
Marwan Othman El-Hindi,
Wassim Mazloum
Type
Support: Training

Affiliation
None Confirmed
Three Ohio men plot to set up a terrorist training camp abroad and kill American forces in Iraq

Incident
Three men living in Toledo, OH, were indicted on February 21, 2006, for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and kill American forces in Iraq.

Investigation
Mohammad Zaki Amawi, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Jordan, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, and Wassim Mazloum, a legal U.S. resident from Lebanon, researched explosives and suicide bomb vests online, practiced target shooting and tried to convince a man known as "the trainer" to help them set up a terrorist training camp overseas. Amawi also allegedly threatened to kill or injure President Bush. "The trainer" was actually a government informant helping in terrorist investigations. His testimony was also a factor in the 2007 arrests of cousins Khaleel Ahmed and Zubair Ahmed, who were introduced to him by the three men involved in the Toledo Plot.

Outcome
The three were convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on June 13, 2008. On October 21, 2009, the court sentenced Amawi to 20 years in prison, El-Hindi to 12 years in prison, and Mazloum to 8 years and 4 months in prison.

March 3, 2006

Chapel Hill, NC

Perpetrator
Muhammad Reza Taheri-Azar
Type
Attack: Vehicular

Affiliation
None Confirmed
Vehicular attack on students at the University of North Carolina

Incident
Muhammad Reza Taheri-Azar, a former student at the University of North Carolina ("UNC") and a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran, drove an SUV through a popular UNC campus gathering spot on March 3, 2006, intending to strike students. He injured nine.

Investigation
A day after the attack, Taheri-Azar called the police to surrender. He cooperated with authorities throughout the investigation. He told authorities he was motivated by a desire to "avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world." Taheri-Azar was not found to be associated with a terrorist organization.

Outcome
On May 1, 2006, Taheri-Azar was indicted in Orange County Court on nine counts of assault and nine counts of attempted murder. In August 2008 he pleaded guilty to the attack and was sentenced to a maximum of 33 years in prison.

March 23, 2006

Washington, DC-area

Perpetrator
Syed Haris Ahmed,
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee
Type
Support: Material

Affiliation
Al Qaeda,
Lashkar-e-Taiba,
Khaleel Ahmed,
Zubair Ahmed,
Mohammad Zaki Amawi,
Marwan Othman El-Hindi,
Wassim I. Mazloum
Two Washington, DC residents case landmarks for Al Qaeda

Incident
Former Georgia Institute of Technology student Syed Haris Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, made videos of Washington, D.C. landmarks that were potential terrorist targets, which his co-conspirator, U.S. citizen Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, then sent to alleged Al Qaeda recruiters. Ahmed was arrested March 23, 2006, and Sadequee on April 20, after Sadequee returned from Bangladesh.

Investigation
In March 2005 Ahmed and Sadequee traveled to Canada to meet with suspected members of a Toronto terrorist cell to discuss potential strikes against military bases, oil refineries and the worldwide Global Positioning System. Then in July, Ahmed traveled to Pakistan to attend a training camp with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Outcome
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia convicted Ahmed on June 10, 2009, for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and Sadequee on August 12, 2009, for providing material support to terrorists as well as conspiracy. On December 14, 2009, Sadequee was sentenced to 17 years in prison and Ahmed was sentenced to 13 years.

June 6, 2006

New York

Perpetrator
Syed Hashmi
Type
Support: Material

Affiliation
Al Qaeda,
Mohammed Junaid Babar
Naturalized U.S. citizen conspires to provide military equipment to Al Qaeda

Incident
Syed Hashmi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, was arrested on June 6, 2006 at Heathrow airport in the United Kingdom, intending to board a plane to Pakistan. He was charged with conspiring to provide Al Qaeda with military equipment to be used against American troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Investigation
Hashmi, who graduated in 2003 from Brooklyn College in New York City, moved to the United Kingdom in 2004 to pursue a master's degree in London. In London, he associated with Mohammed Junaid Babar, who was staying with him while making plans to deliver materials and equipment to Al Qaeda. Hashmi admitted loaning Babar money to travel to Pakistan and deliver the equipment to Al Qaeda fighters.

Outcome
In 2007 Hashmi was extradited to New York, making him the first individual to be extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on terrorist charges. On April 27, 2010, Hashmi pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. On June 9, 2010, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

June 22, 2006

Miami, FL

Perpetrator
Patrick Abraham,
Burson Augustin,
Rotschild Augustine,
Narseal Batiste,
Stanley Grant Phanor
Type
Plot: Bomb

Affiliation
Al Qaeda
"Liberty City Seven": Al Qaeda sympathizers conspire to blow up the Sears Tower

Incident
On June 22, 2006, a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida indicted seven men for conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization and conspiring to destroy buildings with explosives—Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Burson Augustin, Rotschild Augustine, Stanley Grant Phanor, and two others. The men were plotting to blow up the Sears Tower and the FBI field office in Miami, among other buildings. All of the men are U.S. citizens except Abraham and one other, who were in the country illegally from Haiti.

Investigation
A government informant posing as an Al Qaeda operative witnessed the men trying to obtain funding from him, pledging allegiance to Al Qaeda, and expressing interest in training with the group overseas.

Outcome
A federal jury acquitted one man on December 13, 2007, and declared a mistrial for the remaining six defendants. The men were retried, again resulting in a hung jury on April 16, 2008. A federal jury finally convicted five of the men, and one man was acquitted, on May 12, 2009. In November 2009 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenced Burson Augustin and Rotschild Augustine to six and seven years in prison, respectively. The court sentenced Phanor and Abraham to eight and nine years in prison, respectively. The leader of the group, Batiste, was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison.

July 28, 2006

Seattle, WA

Perpetrator
Naveed Afzal Haq
Type
Attack: Firearm

Affiliation
None Confirmed
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle mass shooting

Incident
Naveed Afzal Haq, a U.S. citizen with a long history of mental illness, entered the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle on July 28, 2006, and began shooting employees. He murdered one woman and injured five others.

Investigation
Haq was reportedly angered by Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

Outcome
In December 2009 Haq was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder and seven other counts related to the attack. On January 24, 2010, he was sentenced to life in prison by the King County Superior Court.

October 11, 2006

Pakistan

Perpetrator
Adam Gadahn
Type
Support: Personnel

Affiliation
Al Qaeda
U.S. citizen accused of treason for appearing in Al Qaeda propagandist videos

Incident
Adam Gadahn, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert who moved to Pakistan, was indicted for treason on October 11, 2006, by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Gadahn has appeared in a series of Al Qaeda videotapes urging violence against the United States. In the tapes, he called people to convert to Islam, declared the U.S. "enemy soil" and praised the 9/11 hijackers.

Investigation
Gadahn first appeared on the FBI's most wanted list in 2004. In addition to appearing in terrorist propaganda films, officials also believe Gadahn attended Al Qaeda training camps.

Outcome
The indictment claims that Gadahn "gave Al Qaeda aid and comfort . . . with intent to betray the United States" by appearing in videos that called for attacks on U.S. targets. He is also accused of providing material support to terrorists. Gadahn's whereabouts remain unknown, though he is believed to be in Pakistan.

November 22, 2006

Houston, TX

Perpetrator
Adnan Babar Mirza,
Shiraz Syed Qazi,
Syed Maaz Shah,
Kobie Diallo Williams
Type
Support: Personnel

Affiliation
Taliban
Texas group tries to join the Taliban

Incident
On November 22, 2006, a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted U.S. citizen Kobie Diallo Williams and three Pakistani men, Adnan Babar Mirza, Shiraz Syed Qazi and Syed Maaz Shah, for conspiring to join the Taliban and fight against U.S. military forces. Mirza was in the country illegally, having overstayed his student visa, while Qazi and Shah were in the country on valid student visas.

Investigation
The group of men, who sought paramilitary training in order to join the Taliban, practiced firing assault weapons during camping trips to a rural area outside of Houston, TX. Two government informants who infiltrated the group began building a case against them after they discussed plans to join the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Outcome
Williams pleaded guilty on November 28, 2006, a few days after his arrest. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced him to four years and six months in prison on August 7, 2009. Shah and Qazi were convicted of weapons charges. The court sentenced Qazi to ten months in jail in May 2007 and Shah to six months in jail on September 14, 2007. The final member, Mizra, was convicted May 27, 2010, on charges of conspiring to provide funds to the Taliban and unlawful possession of firearms. The court sentenced him to 15 years in prison on October 22, 2010.

December 8, 2006

Rockford, IL

Perpetrator
Derrick Shareef
Type
Plot: Bomb

Affiliation
Paul Hall (Abujihad)
Man plots to bomb an Illinois shopping mall

Incident
U.S. citizen Derrick Shareef was arrested on December 8, 2006, for plotting to attack an Illinois shopping mall with grenades during the holiday season. On January 4, 2007, he was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for the plot.

Investigation
After Shareef told a confidant that he wanted to commit acts of violent jihad against the United States, the confidant alerted the FBI, prompting a federal investigation. In September 2006 the confidant introduced Shareef to an undercover agent, who said he would be able to procure weapons for Shareef. On November 30, 2006, Shareef and the undercover agent discussed targeting a shopping mall. Shareef and the agent drove to the CherryVale Mall in Rockford, IL and began scouting the best locations for an attack. Shareef decided to attack on December 22, the Friday before Christmas, when he believed the mall would be busiest. Shareef and the agent later agreed to exchange Shareef's stereo speakers for weapons. When the exchange was made, Shareef was immediately arrested.

Outcome
Shareef was accused of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. On September 30, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Shareef to 35 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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