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. DK

    Well Heywood J such big words. Why is there so much xenophobia you ask, um, war, 9/11, a culture that says he will be rewarded in the after life for killing innocent people.
    Once this man plotted against his own country and became willing attack or provide supplies to kill his countrymen in the name of Al Qaeda. He lost his rights as an US citizen. Hell with prison, he needs to exacuted as a traitor. People he was going to provide military gear to the people who are killing US soldier, what about their rights. I am just sorry that justice was too slow.
    To all you " Human rights Organizations, go to Al Qaeda and teach them some human rights. It is a sad when traitors have more rights then men & women dying to keep us safe from the murderering Al Queda.
    No Prison, HANG THE TRAITOR AND PUBLIC EXECUTION WOULDN'T BE BAD.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Treason. The most vile of crimes. Pure human waste.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. DK

    It doesn't make any difference what type of material support, he was going to support an enemy of this country thereby putting our military personal in more danger. I was just wondering if he has done it before and got by with it, but that is beside the point. He is a traitor by his own admission, probably plea bargaining was done not torture, that is what American Justice is based on.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Christopher

    I bet his prison cell in the UK was FAR better then any hotel he could of found in Pakistan.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. SGT S (U.S. Army)

    Has everyone lost their mind. Let Soldiers fight the wars and worry about terroism. Is his act any more henious then a child molestor or someone who murders their wife and children. ALL U.S. citizens are entitled to the protection under the Consitiution. Do you want to tell me and all other Military members out their that we are fighting for nothing. We fight and sacrifice in the hopes that everyone is given equal treatment and protection under the law. If my battle buddies saw these post it would break their hearts. I remind you to remember yourselves and the foundation of the ideas of equally first, and put your hatred aside.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    We don't use profiling because it doesn't work. Read any book by security experts and they all say the same thing. Physical profiling just allows weaknesses in your security, psychological profiling which is used in Israel, works, but is extremely difficult to implement. Physical profiling is why female bombers recently made their way through Russian security. If you tip your hand to what you are looking for, you give terrorists information on how to avoid detection. The human rights organization was protesting two years detention without any charges. If it was a slam dunk case, like it appears it was, and you had an admission of guilt, convict him. We either believe in due process, or we don't, as soon as you add qualifiers, it isn't due process anymore.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. brittany

    I wonder how many of our soldiers were wounded and killed because of this evil man. 15 years isn't enough, a lifetime in jail isn't enough compared to what this man has done, and stands for. I hate to say it, but the only way I see stopping them from carrying out plots in US, is to bar any one from that area to enter our country, and thats ashame that all has to be profiled because of some. But, its something we have to do.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric Dessler

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

    I thought the punishment for treason in the United States of America was death? So this guy was going to sell out his coutry of birth, and he's gonna live happily ever after on taxpayer money now as a maximum punishment for 15 years?

    This has to be the ultimate travesty of justive I have ever seen.

    Ban Islam, problem solved.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. BAMF

    He is an American citizen and is entitled to the protections of the constitution. Once convicted, then execute him. Until such time, he is entitled to the protections to which all Americans are. If we make an exception here, then we must also make exceptions for those who kill in the name of pro-life and anyone else claiming a political agenda for whatever crime they may commit. This is a slippery slope that can change as quickly as administrations change. Stated otherwise, its all fun and games until you are the outsider. There is a price to pay for freedom. Deal with it.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. zxyckh

    This guy was tortured in a cell under inhumane conditions for 2 years. Only God knows if he is speaking a truth or wants an end to his torture. I have seen videos on CNN of US soldiers breaking down in 30-45 days under Taliban captivity. And yes, while interviewing US troops deployed overseas and airing their videos on internet, even CNN's AC provides substantial material evidence to the terrorists.
    My point is, when one is not clear exactly of someone else's sin, how can you decide if he should be shot or fed to sharks or thrown from a hill.
    And talking of taxpayer $s, since 2008 it has been proved time and again that the big US companies and powerful executives have vanished it all, and fooled the mass of less-educated US population.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. john

    SGT S....It is not hatred...it is uneducated woosses. If their hatred is so strong, why not MAN-UP and help the mena and women in service and strike out on your own, see how long your hate train is then.

    By becoming what we are facing, we are no better. We were chewing up germans and japanese not so many years ago, and today they are mes amies, investment in real development and education is the only way...bullits never buit a house, nor paid your bills....unless you are a bullit maker .....then you will live large on the hands of those too weak to offer real engagement.

    Shouting out in forums is extreme woossism. Get out and make the worlld a better place. The Consitution does not protect you for sitting on your tail, whining, pouting from 100s of miles awy. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference, fight dumbness it' all around.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. DK

    Harry delta
    Many of us have no problem with other religions, matter of fact, I concider religion a premid-evil tool for controlling other and mostly the slaves of old, why do you think educating slaves was illegal and punishable by death in some areas of the world, because with knowledge comes revolts. And why do you think the Churches and Government of old would not allow, made it illegal and even punishable by death for a conquered nation to speak their language, sing their, pray to their own gods, or teach their childern the history of their people? I would say; control, power, and rule in the name of the conquer's god.
    As for the war, we didn't make it about religion, they are the ones who called a "holy war'.
    Could you explain why if they hate us and our ways so much, then why do so many of their people come here, move in and start business?
    I think you would be an interesting person to have logical conversation with.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Francisco

    Isn't this treason? Why are we not charging this guy with treason based on the definition in the constitution?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. LookingGlass

    U.S. Citizens helping Al Quedea? The U.S. created Al Quedea, the CIA still run Al Quedea.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. crppplll

    Yes indeed the punishment for treason is death. Why haven't they executed Dick Cheyney yet?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
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