Editor: I guess it’s time to get back to work, August recess is over!
Bare bones story from US News:
Convicted Terrorist Arrested in California on Meth Charges
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (AP) — A man who served years in prison for conspiracy to commit terrorism has been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of selling large quantities of methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Ahmed Binyamin Alasiri, also known as Kevin Lamar James, faces two counts of distribution of meth, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. It wasn’t immediately known if the 44-year-old Garden Grove resident has an attorney.
Alasiri was on supervised release following a 2009 conviction for conspiracy to levy war against the United States through terrorism, prosecutors said. Alasiri’s co-conspirators committed armed robberies of gas stations to raise money for attacks Alasari had planned on U.S. military operations and Israeli and Jewish facilities in Southern California, prosecutors said. [Meanwhile “Black Lives Matter” say 600 Jewish groups in full page NYT ad.]
Alasiri completed his prison sentence in September 2019.
He’s been ordered detained pending the outcome of the narcotics case. Arraignment is scheduled for September 14.”
The Justice Department press release on Alasiri’s arrest is here.
You can learn more about James/Alasiri because he wasn’t just some Muslim convert with casual plans to bomb this or that, he had become the face of prison radicalization in the mid-2000’s. For inquisitive minds visit Frontline in 2006.
And, then check out NIJ Journal in 2008 for a report on Sunni Muslim radicalization in the US prison system:
Prisoner Radicalization: Assessing the Threat
in U.S. Correctional Institutions
Years from now when criminologists write their textbooks on American terrorism, the name Kevin Lamar James may appear alongside such infamous figures as Timothy McVeigh, Ramzi Yousef and Osama bin Laden.