Mohamed Mohamud, who stood accused of trying to blow up a car bomb in Portland’s pioneer square during a popular Christmas tree lighting, was found guilty yesterday of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction.
It is clear, and has been clear since the beginning of this trial, that Mohamed Mohamud pressed a button that he believed would kill hundreds of men, women, and children.
It has also become more and more clear that Mohamed Mohamud was manipulated and entrapped by the FBI. A number of sketchy things happened throughout the trial, in terms of procedure. And accounts of Mohamud before he met the FBI more resemble an stupid, angry teenager than a dangerous terrorist.
In no particular order:
- Mohamud’s lawyers could not know the identity of the undercover FBI agents, and thus could not know if they had been involved in questionable cases in the past.
- An email that would seem to indicate that Mohamud was targeted as an “ideal candidate to approach” was withheld from the defense until the last minute.
- Hey, the recording from the FBI agent’s first meeting with Mohamud, which is key to establishing entrapment, was mysteriously lost! How bout that?
- Also, the prosecution’s argument was that you can’t entrap somebody into mass murder, which is total fucking bullshit.
- Mohamud drank and smoked pot all the time. Seem strange, in light of the fact that people have tried to paint him as a fundamentalist? Mohamud’s father said that he was having an identity crisis. That’s an understatement. It seems like what he wanted was a purpose. It seems like, I don’t know, if somebody came along and gave him a mission, he would follow?
- Mohamud was really shitty at all the tasks his fellow “terrorists” gave him. He couldn’t figure out where he was going to park that van full of explosives, he had trouble buying kitchen timers, and couldn’t even figure out how to rent a storage unit.
- He frequently showed signs that he was living in a bizarre fantasy world, including: his plan to pose as a rap artist to escape the country after the bombing, and his assessment of people jumping out of buildings during 9/11 as “awesome”. Really, the list goes on – he comes off like a kid playing a video game more than an adult capable of making his own decisions.
Sentencing will occur in May. Mohamud is planning to appeal.