Musician gets 15 years for backing al Qaeda
Here's a guy, who in the middle of the US "War on Terror", sits in New York and agrees to help the enemy. From a historical standpoint, he's lucky he only got a 15 year sentence. In previous wars "aiding and abetting the enemy" would have gotten him a one way ticket to a dirtnap. Personally, I think if he likes al Qeada so much, he should be sent off to live in a cave in Afghanistan once his 15 years is up.
A New York jazz musician and martial arts instructor was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for agreeing to help train al Qaeda fighters in hand-to-hand combat.
Tarik Shah, 44, a Muslim born and raised in New York, received the maximum sentence in Manhattan federal court under a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors in which they dropped one of the terrorism charges against him.
He pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiring to support al Qaeda.
Shah was the central figure in a case that centered on an oath he and his friend Rafiq Sabir, a Florida-based doctor, made in Arabic in May 2005, pledging support to al Qaeda to an undercover FBI agent who posed as a recruiter for the militant group.