VIRGINIA JIHAD NETWORK

WaPo reports

The U.S. government is considering upgrading the charges against the 11 Muslim men indicted as part of a “Virginia jihad network,” a prosecutor said in court yesterday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg told a judge in U.S. District Court in Alexandria that one of the defendants had told investigators that the men’s ultimate goal was “to fight American soldiers” and not just support a Pakistan-based militant group fighting India.

This is getting interesting. So far, this case his been rather odd and smacked of overreach on the part of the Justice Department:

Although U.S. authorities have presented the case as part of the war on terrorism, the men are not charged with terror crimes. They are accused under a seldom-enforced law known as the Neutrality Act, which forbids Americans to fight countries with which the United States is at peace.

Hopefully, they’ll be charged with crimes that are normally prosecuted, and soon.

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  1. Jen Speaks says:

    Virginia Jihad – Paintball Terrorists
    James at Outside the Beltway links to this WaPo article about the 11 “paintball terrorists” (as we call them in the office).

    The U.S. government is considering upgrading the charges against the 11 Muslim men indicted as part of a “Virginia jihad net…