Wednesday a 23 year old graduate from Berkeley High School in California, pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of trying to assist ISIS in killing 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area. Meanwhile, even though the 23 year old pled guilty to the charges that were facing him his lawyer is trying to claim that his client is a “victim” of the system. Amer Sinan Alhaggag of Oakland, California gave a guilty plea when he faced charges that stated he was trying to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization, possession of device making equipment, and identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI.
Amer Sinan Alhaggag came into the custody of local authorities after he was arrested in 2016 when he bought clothes online with a phony credit card. After being arrested he was held further so that federal authorities could continue to investigate him. Upon information gathered during the investigation of federal authorities it is believed that the 23 year old allegedly opened several Twitter and Facebook accounts in 2016 for ISIS supporters. As though supporting ISIS was not bad enough he made his situation worse when he allegedly told a FBI undercover operative that he wanted to kill 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area using bombs and rat poison laced cocaine.
It is believed that while meeting with the undercover FBI agent that Amer Sinan Alhaggag pointed out various strategic locations for a terrorist attack and brought three backpacks that he was intending to use in a future attack to a storage locker. But after their last meeting Alhaggag did not establish further contact with the undercover FBI agent.
The attorney of Alhaggag , Mary McNamara, has tried to tell the local media that her client never had any intentions of actually doing anything that he claimed to want to do, and that the only thing that her client is guilty of if anything at all is a series of stupid mistakes. She called the actions of the government a “sting” operation that failed to produce the results that it was after.
In a statement that was given to East Bay Times she said, “the government sent out an undercover agent to get Amer to actually do something, take a step toward a terrorist offense. He just wouldn’t do it.”
After pleading guilty to the charges that the government has brought against him, Alhaggag faces 47 years in prison, however McNamara is hoping that she is able to bring the time that he could spend in prison down to 6 or 7 years a the most. McNamara said, “This is really a case about what the appropriate sentence should be, and here is a young guy who is immature, said some stupid things online, and the FBI sent out their best people to try to get a sting operation going.”
The 23 year old from Berkeley High School will be dealt his sentence in November.