Thursday, May 08, 2008

Legal Jihad

My, my, how little things change. I've been absent from blogging on Northern Virginiastan for a long time, and we're still hearing about Ali Asad Chandia, the third-grade teacher at Al Huda School in College Park who was part of the Virginia jihad "paintball" gang.

As reported by the redoubtable Robert Spencer:

Courtroom Jihad: he is tying up time, personnel, and resources by continuing to appeal this sentence. He got fifteen years the first time, now he has gotten fifteen years again, and probably he will get fifteen years the next time also. But the kuffar system will be that much more overburdened. "Man gets same prison term for role in 'jihad network,'" from the Associated Press (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):

...Ali Asad Chandia is one of a dozen men convicted in a network the government said used paintball games to train for holy war around the globe.

A federal appeals court earlier this year ordered a new sentencing hearing for Chandia, saying the judge needed to explain why he applied a so-called terrorism enhancement that more than doubled Chandia's prison time.

At a sentencing hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Judge Claude Hilton explained that the enhancement was appropriate because Chandia was aware of the violent actions of the group he was helping. Chandia's lawyer said he will again appeal Hilton's sentence.

Jihad is not necessarily waged by bombs and weapons; it's also done by subverting public institutions such as the courts.

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