San Diego rarely makes the news when it comes to terrorism, but recently, two Minnesota residents were arrested in San Diego trying to obtain fraudulent travel documents in order to travel to Syria to fight ISIS. The two men, seen in the courtroom sketch above, have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. These federal charges are particularly difficult to fight given the political climate in America since 9/11, which means it is critical that anyone accused of a crime related to terrorism immediately contact an Oceanside federal defense lawyer.
In the case mentioned above, the Valley Center defense lawyers have argued that the government’s use of a paid informant, who has received $13,000 for his cooperation seems suspicious. The informant’s testimony is even less reliable given that he became an informant only after being caught trying to travel to Syria himself and lied about it repeatedly to federal agents. Paid informants like these are often central to federal criminal cases and the testimony provided by such informants should always be questioned by a skilled San Marcos criminal attorney.
It’s worth noting that while we tend to hear about terrorism in the context of Al Qaeda and ISIS, terrorism isn’t limited to these types of religious fanatics. In fact, the FBI defines a terrorist as someone who uses violent or dangerous acts that violate federal or state law to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping.” In other words, any group who uses terror to achieve their goals. Under that definition, groups like the KKK and the Environmental Liberation Front are also considered terrorist groups.
If you have been accused of participating in any type of terrorism, an Encinitas federal crimes attorney can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with top Carlsbad federal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss.