Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alaska Couple to Plead Guilty to Terrorism Charges

Grandpa’s rewrite of a story reported by

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska couple accused in a domestic terrorism plot is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to federal charges of lying about creating a hit list of possible targets.

Paul Rockwood Jr. and his wife, Nadia Rockwood, of King Salmon, Alaska, will be admitting to lying about the list and making false statements about domestic terrorism during interviews with FBI agents in May.

Under a plea deal, Rockwood is expected to get eight years in prison and his wife five years probation in the United Kingdom, her country of origin.

In their guilty plea will be an admission that Paul Rockwood, also known as "Bilal," converted to Islam about a decade ago and began studying the teachings of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has professed hatred for the United States and supports acts of terrorism.

Per the guilty plea is the admission that Paul Rockwood converted to Islam in late 2001 or 2002 when the couple lived in Virginia and that after his conversion, and while residing in Virginia, Rockwood became a strict adherent to the violent Jihad-promoting ideology of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki," the documents said. "This included a personal conviction that it was his religious responsibility to exact revenge by death on anyone who desecrated Islam."

The admission of guilt will acknowledge that Rockwood began researching and selecting possible targets for future execution by visiting websites, and later, after moving to Alaska, began researching explosive components, construction of remote triggering devices, such as cell phones, and construction of bombs to be delivered by common mail carriers.

The plea will include the admission he began discussing using mail bombs and possibly killing targets by gunshot to the head.

By early this year, the hit list had been formalized, with about 15 targets. It was not made public.

He will be admitting that he gave the list to his wife in April, and she will be admitting that she carried it with her on a trip to Anchorage, where the FBI obtained it.

Question to all of my visitors. "Which story appears to be more consistent with the headline of this story, Grandpa's or the Associated Press?"


tweetey30 said...

That is scary Griper. Very scary when you think about it..

Karen Howes said...

Gee, why doesn't it surprised me that this b*stard was a Mooslim?

And yeah, gotta love the headline... Alaska man indeed!

LandShark 5150 said...

Me ol'friend Griper has surfaced and this makes me grin. Been thinking of you often and miss the typed chat volley. Wondered if your change of life physics have brought good health and new lease. Hope your fine and continue to bring your unique insite I came to rely and learn from. Would enjoy a revamped pick-up game of study from where I dropped the and flattened the ball if your up to it.
I linked your resurface (even if it just for a look-see breath), can't lie, me as giddy as a school girl just to see your alive and kicking.
Please keep the thoughts hitting the keys, many of us are thankful of ideas from a clear head as yours.
Your friend, sharky.


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