US Air Force Muslim Vet found GUILTY of trying to join ISIS

ByPamela Geller on March 9, 2016
21 Comments
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How many other Muslims in the military are sympathetic to the holy wars being waged in the cause of Allah?

This devout Muslim advised a fellow Muslim (who was actually an FBI agent) that he “should not look pious. ‘Shave the beard. Wear the pants.’ He said the object is to blend in,” the agent recalled. This is exactly what ISIS instructs Muslims in the West to do. ISIS  issued a handbook for Muslims in the West. The gist of the instruction booklet is the necessity to blend in with the Western way of life and to avoid “looking like a Muslim” — pretend to be Christian — so as to stay below the radar of the security services.

“US Air Force vet found guilty of trying to join ISIS,” FOX News, March 9, 2016 (thanks to Christian):

A federal jury on Wednesday found an Air Force veteran guilty of trying to join the Islamic State, in one of the first U.S. terror trials involving suspected ISIS ties.

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Prosecutors say Tairod Pugh, 48, went to Turkey last year hoping to make his way to Syria to join ISIS.

Defense lawyers say the Neptune, New Jersey man didn’t intend to find the terror group a month after he lost his job as an aviation mechanic. But prosecutors say Pugh was preparing to reject the country he had served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990.

Pugh appeared calm while the verdict was read in the Brooklyn, N.Y. courtroom. He never took the stand during trial testimony.

He faces up to 35 years in prison on the charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and obstruction of justice.

Last week, an undercover FBI agent posing as an Islamic State sympathizer testified that he was wearing traditional Muslim religious clothing when he sat down next to Pugh at Kennedy Airport last year, in an area where people waited to be cleared to enter the United States after a trip abroad. He said Pugh told him he had been sent back to the U.S. from Egypt.

“On more than one occasion, he said he expected to be arrested,” the Los Angeles-based agent said, recalling that Pugh seemed nervous whenever a law enforcement person passed by.

The agent testified that Pugh warmed up to him after seeing an Islamic State flag on his Facebook page. The agent said Pugh told him that if he went to Turkey, he should not look pious.

“He said: ‘Shave the beard. Wear the pants.’ He said the object is to blend in,” the agent recalled.

At one point, the agent said, Pugh told him: “Allah willing, the next time I travel as a tourist to the area, I’ll wear a Yankees baseball cap.”

On cross examination, defense lawyer Eric Creizman established that his client never told the agent he had any contact with the Islamic State or any plans to go to Syria. Creizman also had the agent acknowledge that Pugh never said he wanted to wage jihad or become a martyr.

A judge set Pugh’s sentencing for September.

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  • Mahou Shoujo

    Save up all those who want to join isis, then send them over and drop them off.

    • Drop them off right over isis headquarters without parachutes Mahou.

      • SRN99

        Burn them in pig oil after castrating them.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Of course, that would facilitate them meeting their demon.

    • Ron Cole

      The perfect platform for your operation would be the B52.
      The assigned altitude for the transfer will be 39,000′.
      The participants will be allowed their clothes & queer`ans.
      We undertaxed payers do not furnish parachutes.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        True, muslims expect everyone to do everything for them, the ride is good enough, there disembarking and entering the destination is up to them.

  • HolylandIsraelTours

    Will the US never learn from past experience?

    • Ron Cole

      To paraphrase Tallulah Bankhead, “Nev`aah”.

  • Drew the Infidel

    If the guy were so innocent, why was he so paranoid expecting to be arrested? The only curiosity I have concerning ISIS is which one of them wants to meet his maker at the business end of a Glock.

  • SRN99

    Is Allah so impotent that he needs you to kill infidels?

  • taskmaster

    Blend in, pretend to be a Christian and pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, but in the end be a lying, cheating, deceiving murderous muslime. It just goes to show again, again and again that you can NEVER trust a muslim. Or maybe you can… trust a muslim to be a muslim.

    • Kenneth Harwood

      i agree with every part of what you hac to say muslums are tretureous people and stab you in the back in a heart beat no i dont care about being pc screw them and any that said they are ok

      • notislam

        Islam is all about DECEIT — iT IS in the Koran —GO FROM THERE!

  • Fred

    They better send this savage to that Supermax in Colorado. The one they call the Alcatraz of the Rockies. With any luck he’ll hang himself

  • Jeanne Ballard

    Send his ass to Camp Justice

    • Kenneth Harwood

      why so oslima can release him

  • Metatrona

    Why are we teaching Muslims how to shoot armaments and to fly airplanes? Even a low IQ American can figure out that YOU DON’T DO THAT!

  • Rocinante44

    vote for me for president. on day1, i arrest obola. on day 2, my DOJ indicts all muslims in the US and those in foreign countries financing the mosques on RICO charges and begins rounding them all up and putting them in camps or letting them return to whatever hole they came here from. we prosecute for 4 years

  • Virgil

    Interesting to see that Turkey is buying Isis oil. And that if they wanted to, they could cut off their supply line, yet they want to join the European Union. No wonder there are many in England who want out.

    http://pvewood.blogspot.ro/201

  • Mindy Robinson

    I didn’t see where any evidence was presented to support the case.

  • notislam

    How many of these embedded moslems will attack our troops as they have done before? We need to be ready for it but BHO will continue to forbid it.