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Five adults from infamous New Mexico compound are charged with terror, kidnapping offenses

Five adults from infamous New Mexico compound are charged with terror, kidnapping offenses

Compound held 11 children who were allegedly being trained to conduct school shootings, and the remains of a toddler.

Last summer, FBI arrested five Muslim extremist suspects connected to the New Mexico compound where eleven malnourished children found and the remains of a missing three-year-old boy were discovered.
The children were allegedly being trained to conduct school shootings. Federal authorities later destroyed the compound.

Now, the 5 are being charged by federal authorities with terror, kidnapping and firearms offenses.

“The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to provide material support in preparation for violent attacks against federal law enforcement officers and members of the military,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division said.

Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hurjah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, were charged “with federal offenses related to terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations,” the Department of Justice said in a press release. In the original indictment, Leveille was also charged with “possessing firearms and ammunition as an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States.”

The suspects were previously charged by indictment on Sept. 11 “with a conspiracy relating to the possession of firearms and ammunition by an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States,” the DOJ said.

Attorneys for the 5 defendants are arguing that the uncorroborated testimony of the children is being unfairly used against their clients. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are laying out what seems to be a fairly robust case.

“The defendants in this case allegedly were preparing for deadly attacks and their targets included law enforcement and military personnel, the very people who are committed to protecting all of us,” Michael McGarrity, director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement Thursday.

All the suspects, except Wahhaj, also have been charged with participating in the kidnapping of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, the boy who died after prosecutors say he had been denied medication for seizures. Jany Leveille, a leader of the group, believed medication suppressed Muslim beliefs, authorities said.

Because authorities say the 2017 abduction ultimately resulted in the boy’s death, the kidnapping count against Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhana Wahhaj and Lucas Morton carries a potential sentence of life in prison or the death penalty should prosecutors win a conviction against them and decide to pursue the maximum punishment in the case.

The statement from the Justice Department, however, did not specify the motivation for these acts.

The Justice Department did not say what beliefs the group is thought to have been attempting to promote, but prosecutors have in the past referred to the group as Islamic extremists.

Amy Sirignano, one of a group of attorneys appointed by the federal Administrative Office of the Courts to represent the defendants, declined comment “until we learn more about the new charges. All of our clients will be pleading not guilty at the arraignment next week.”


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Let’s see…six MONTHS later the fbi takes action against these monsters? I guess it takes that long to figure out that they can’t blame this on Trump. “Well, I guess we’ll just have to charge them for their own crimes, instead”….fbi, probably.

    bear in reply to bear. | March 18, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    BTW, I guess they were finally able to clear the Amish, Mother Teresa’s ghost and the NRA, too.

    bear in reply to bear. | March 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    My sources inside the office of aoc tell me that all of the above are on the list of unindicted co-conspirators. Comey, clapper, brennan, brian stelter, Obama’s brother, omar, McCain’s mortal remains and stacy abrams all agree. Sheesh. /s/

How the defense attorneys know the child testimony is uncorroborated, anyway?

    MarkS in reply to JBourque. | March 18, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    It may shock you to learn that lawyers lie!

      Hah. Not really. I’m just wondering how they could possibly have evidence to that effect on the very day charges are publicly filed. I thought discovery begins from this point onward, not beforehand.

They’ll claim alien illegal, but democrat voters status and the dems will erect a monument to them and NM’s governor will pardon them and give them sanctuary status in the governors casa.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to 4fun. | March 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    That is part of it. See my comment on the Klobuchar rule above. Leftists and their protected classes are above our law and Constitution Black,check. Muslim, check. Illegal alien invader, check. Bonus points for possibly training the children to commit a terrorist attack in our country. If the remains of the 3 year old can be tied to them, it will be considered a late term abortion and praiseworthy by Democrats.

    It took so long because the FBI, and the entire Department of Justice work for the DNC and no one else. They could not find a way to just release them and let them carry out the attacks without someone noticing.

    Subotai Bahadur

Federal authorities later destroyed the compound.

This was one of the oddest things about this case. The rush to destroy anything which might count as physical evidence should set off alarms. They can hardly argue that the compound was a menace to public safety, or even that a developer was hot to use the real estate for a strip mall. Very peculiar.

JusticeDelivered | March 19, 2019 at 8:29 am

What worries me are the children, how badly are they screwed up? Are they salvageable?

As to the adults, put them in stocks, naked, and allow the public to entertain them. Or maybe they should be used for target practice?

When will they check out all the other islamic compounds in the US?
Islamberg NY?
The 22 others:

    PersonofInterests in reply to lc. | March 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    The “Fibbers Bureau of Injustice” is too busy attempting to frame President Trump for having the temerity to win an election that Hillary “The Coronation Queen” was to have won merely as a “Rite of Passage” of a sort for having endured her Sexual Predator Husband and not divorcing him and being humilated for getting regular “Lewinskies” in the Oval Orifice.

    They won’t move until those sites firmly combine to extablish a Caliphate within our borders to conduct all the awful activies, including beheadings, that we saw before President Trump wiped them out. I imagine by then, they won’t need to do anything because American Patriots will have formed up to do the job for them if President Trump his hampered by Black Robed Unelected Politicians performing as Legislators and President to be the impediments they have been thus far interferring in Security Measures. They may be the next to be visited.