Svenska nyhetsjournalister tycks ha missat att en man som uppmanat till mord på konstnären Lars Vilks har åtalats för och erkänt terrorbrott i USA. Zachary Adam Chesser (alias Abu Talhah al-Amrikee), som varit en flitig bloggare och internetdebattör, greps när han försökte flyga ner till de stridande islamisterna i Somalia.
Åtalet handlar om många saker, varav uppmaningarna att mörda skaparna av tv-serien South park rönt störst intresse. Men här beskrivs också svenska kopplingar. Dels gäller det uppmaningar att mörda Lars Vilks (åtalet fokuserar dock på mordhot mot amerikanska medborgare). Dels spelar inläggen på det svenskdrivna islamistforumet Al Qimmah (för närvarande nedsläckt av oklar anledning) en stor roll i bevisningen mot Chesser.
"AlQimmah" is a website that was the official web forum for al-Shabaab, and which
contained Islamic postings and information. The "AlQimmah" website contains a "Home Page" that displays a symbol in the upper left corner of the screen, and the "Black Banner" commonly associated with the Mujahideen in the upper right corner. The home page includes information that is written in Somali, but contains a link to the website's "English Section." CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website numerous articles, comments, and other material concerning violent jihad.
On or about April 18,2010, CHESSER produced and posted on the AlQimmah website, his Al Quran WaAIaHadeeth youtube.com website, and his themujahidblog.com website, a video titled "Defense of the Prophet Campaign." The video was narrated by CHESSER, and contained:
A. statements by CHESSER regarding the South Park episode that featured a
character in a bear costume, who various other characters stated was Muhammad;
B. the audio of a speech by Anwar Al-Awlaki, explaining the Islamic justification for killing those who insult or defame Muhammad,
C. photographs of TP, MS, van Gogh, Hirsi AH, and others who have been publically targeted for death for insulting Muhammad and/or Islam, including Salman Rushdie, Geert Wilders, Kurt Westergaard, and Lars Vilks.
On or about May 15, 2010, CHESSER posted to the AlQimmah website a news article he titled "Home of Lars Vilks Firebombed - Kafir News" regarding the firebombing of the home of Lars Vilks that day, as well as an attack on him at a lecture earlier that week.
On or about June 20, 2010, CHESSER posted to the AlQimmah website audio clips of a sermon by Anwar Al-Awlaki, titled "The Dust Will Never Settle Down," calling for the assassination of anyone who has "defamed" Muhammad, saying, "Harming Allah and his messenger is a reason to encourage Muslims to kill whoever does that."
In light of the recent history of attacks and attempted attacks against individuals alleged to have defamed or insulted Islam or its prophet, the postings on the internet by CHESSER objectively constituted messages to an audience that likely included individuals around the world who
A. Were inclined to engage in violent jihad against what they believed to be the enemies of Islam;
B. Understood the messages to constitute requests to attack MS, TP,and JG; and
C. Could potentially be willing and capable to attack MS, -TP, and JG in response
to those messages.
On or about June 8, 2010, CHESSER posted to the AlQimmah website and to the Al Fallujah Islamic Forums website a link to an article titled "Jihadi Calls for 'Suspicious Bags' To Be Left Throughout DC and NYC," with the statement that "it should be noted that the article mentions that this type of thing has actually been successful." The article reported that an internal FBI report warned federal, state, and local authorities to be alert for a potential new tool in the jihadi terror arsenal - the placing of suspicious, but harmless, bags in public places to inspire fear, disrupt public transportation and tie up police and bomb squads.
On or about June 9,2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a link to 200 books on Jihad, Islam and Warfare, and in which, under a section titled "Preparation," he included a book, titled "Guerilla Air Defense, Antiaircraft Weapons and Techniques for Guerrilla Forces" containing, among other items, information on the construction of antiaircraft missiles, and tactics, techniques and weapons for targeting aircraft, including jet airplanes and helicopters.
On or about May 13, 2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website Parts 1 - 7 of the Counter Counter Terrorism series, made as separate posts tandem to each other.
On or about May 30,2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a video titled "Do the Mujahidiin in Somalia Really Kill Civilians?"
On or about May 31, 2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a video titled
"Raid on The HQ of Apostasy - The Rule Is Only For Allah," showing an attack by Al-Shabaab on government building in Mogadishu.
On or about June 9, 2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a link titled
"200 plus books on various beneficial subjects," which he further described therein as "books on Jihad, Islam and Warfare," and which, under a section titled "Preparation," contained, among other items, four sections of what CHESSER described as the "Al Qaeda Manual," setting forth instructions concerning such subjects as "Communications," "Transportation," "Security," "Weapons Acquisition and Storage," "Guidelines for Beating and Killing Hostages," and "Espionage," all in support of violent jihad.
On or about June 9,2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a video titled
"Munaafiq Of Parliament Exposes AMISOM As True Killer Of Non-Combatants In Somalia,"
regarding the killing and mishandling of civilians by African Union troops in Somalia.
On or about June 15, 2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website a video entitled "Hizbul Islam Merges with Al-Shabaab in Beledweyne Alxamdulillah," regarding the merger of Al-Shabaab with another organization.
On or about June 28, 2010, CHESSER posted on the AlQimmah website an article
he wrote titled "Raising Al-Qaaida: A Look into the Long Term Obligation of the Global Jihad Movement," which highlighted the need to teach children to love jihad and aspire to be mujahideen, and stated that "[w]hile we might currently be at war with America, this does not stop us from looking into the success they [the Americans] had in building their ideology and learning from it."