April 27th, 2010
11:52 PM ET

U.S. citizen pleads guilty to helping al Qaeda

Syed "Farhad" Hashmi pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced.

Hashmi was arrested in June 2006 at London's Heathrow Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Pakistan. He was accused of conspiring to transport "military gear" to al Qaeda forces fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to a federal indictment issued in 2006.

In 2007, Hashmi became the first American citizen to be extradited from the United Kingdom on terrorism charges.

Several human rights organizations in New York, including Educators for Civil Liberties, Theaters Against War and the Center for Constitutional Rights, have protested the conditions of Hashmi's confinement while he awaited trial over the past two years.

Hasmi, a Queens resident who was borni in Pakistan, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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  1. Brian from Chicago

    Sophos: It was people in uniform that liberated Europe, not once but twice. It was people in uniform that came to the aid of Muslim people in Kuwait and Kosovo. And so on.

    We (people in uniform) generally stand against other imperialistic foreign policies in a not-so-perfect world. If you don't like the policies, then blame your president, but not your soldiers.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sophos

    Brian, Are you talking about the H-Bomb dropped on the Japanese or the Napalm/Carpet Bombs in Indo-China, the destruction of Iraq and over a million dead? What "liberation" are you speaking about. You can't just tunnel vision to teh Jewish Holocaust anymore...there are many holocausts that have happened and some of them done by the US. Also, I don't by the "blame the President" and not the soldiers. When ever you take another life, that is yours to swallow. Don't shift the blame to "orders are orders." That is yours to own. Best advice...don't get sucked into a system where you can't make decisions on your own. The old book says teh "nations are less than nothing." Phony patriotism is dangerous...

    April 28, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. JW

    I as a member of the people in uniform believe in the freedom of speech and the freedom of choice, so if you dont like it here in the US why dont you exercise your right to freedom of choice and leave the US, it is people like you that are destroying the very fabric of america, I am sure you dont like the term "under God" either, this political correct crap needs to stop, it has gone to far, even starbucks has done it now in the former fat free coffee now you have to say skim, all because some fat ass got offended.......well all I have to say if the shoe fits and you are fat so be it but dont destroy the world because you cant see your toes or your male or female parts......fat is fat

    April 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sophos

    JW, I don't know what your referencing by "fat." or even politically correct. If the "fabric" of America is to drop bombs on innocent civilians, empire building, and the destruction of other people's country, I say pull the string and let the entire thing unravel. If you want to wear a uniform for something in America, use it to support your local Indian tribe.... And, again, uniform or no uniform we are all held responsible for the ending of innocent life....murder is murder.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JW

    If you have never been in a fire fight like I have then please dont talk like you do know what I and many others have been through, if you have never had to pull the trigger and defend yourself from an insurgent that is hell bent on taking your life so he can be blessed by Allah. Self defense is Self Defense, you cant speak intelligently about this unless you have been there and done that

    April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian from Chicago

    To Sophos' point, there are a lot of instances where the US made a call (coming down from the top of the executive branch) that resulted in excessive civilian casualties. I believe that we've matured as a nation and that our armed forces exercise much more restraint these days.

    We can only expect other people to behave in a more civilized manner if we *all* recognize these actions for what they are and learn from them.

    But Sophos, "let the entire thing unravel"? How fatalistic of you. I don't have any wish to live in a world where other people are free to attack without reprecussion, and that includes 9/11, which so far goes unanswered.

    Rest assured that you and your beliefs are guarded by people who don't share them. That's what we do.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Suzi

    He's getting FAR BETTER than what that bastard deserves. He should be hung, drawn, & quartered!

    April 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sophos

    I would much prefer that you or any other person in uniform to forget the belief that you are doing anything related to me or my freedom of speech. I believe, to put it simply, this is a rationalization and a bit of a delusion. There are many places to live in the world, Arabia, China, South America...wherever. People figure things out and do it quite well....way outside the radar of American culture. What we don't need is more American bombs, military bases in other people's countries, or money thown to support military needs. Military culture in the US is circular, self serving.... In short, why die/kill for strangers? Especially for people like me who want no part of any of it... I feel it is immoral that any part of my taxes should go to support any aspect of US military culture!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sophos

    Here is our most recent problem. Obama may be letting us all down...


    April 29, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. BG

    the fact that you can go on the internet and spout off about how much you hate the military culture of the U.S. is a testament to the fact that someone had to fight and possibly die to protect that freedom. The need for the military is there, and 9/11 proves that. The only reason we were attacked on 9/11 is because we had a base in Saudi Arabia, a place to which we were invited. We had never tried to invade any country in the middle east until that time. If we were in the business of Empire building, we would control every country we have ever beat in war. Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, hell, even Canada would be ours. Emperialism is not our goal, and before you start, neither is Oil. if it was oil, then there would be so much oil flowing out of Iraq right now, gas prices would not be near as high as they are. Had we not been attacked, we would not be in afghanistan.
    Before you start talking bad about the military, take a long, hard look at what it is you have, because if someone did not fight in a war at some point, whether it be 200 years ago, or 50 years ago, you would not have the freedoms you have now. If you hate it that much, then renounce your citizenship, and move to a country that suits you better. Be careful though, most countries will not give you the choice of whether or not to join the Army.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
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