The man who was caught sabotaging an American Airlines flight just days before 9/11 has ties to ISIS, prosecutors revealed Wednesday during a bail hearing.
“A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies Wednesday in denying bail for a longtime mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner that prosecutors say could have caused it to crash with 150 people aboard,” according to Associated Press. “U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at the hearing in Miami federal court.”
Alani will not be receiving bail, and one of the main reasons for the decision is that he has a brother in Iraq who the court believes is connected to ISIS, in addition to statements made by Alani in which he rooted for Allah to use his “divine power” against non-Muslims.
“Alani, 60, also recently sent a $700 wire transfer to someone in Iraq — where he has extended family — and had videos on his cellphone depicting Islamic State mass murders he shared with others, prosecutors said. In addition, the new evidence shows Alani traveled to Iraq in March but did not disclose that to authorities after his arrest,” according to AP.
Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and worked as an airline mechanic for 30 years, which is disconcerting. How many other legal immigrants in the United States have latent radical Islamic tendencies that could be activated at any time?
President Donald J. Trump put a hold on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but even that would not have stopped an attack from a radical Islamist who already lives here.
According to a criminal affidavit filed in a federal court in Miami, Florida, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, is charged with “willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft” after he was arrested on Thursday for tampering with the plane’s air data module.
Alani told law enforcement officials he deliberately damaged the navigation system on July 17, gluing foam inside a tube leading from outside the aircraft to its air data module because he was “upset” over the delay of contract negotiations between the mechanic’s union and American Airlines and that “the dispute had affected him financially.
The air data module reports aircraft speed, pitch and other critical flight data. The pilots on the flight, which was slated to take off from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas on July 17, would not have received any computer data and would have had to operate the aircraft manually if mechanics inspecting the plane had not “discovered a loosely connected pitot tube, which connect directly to the ADM.”
“The ADM appeared to have been deliberately obstructed with what appeared to be a dark Styrofoam-type material,” according to the affidavit, which was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Alani reportedly told federal law enforcement agents after his arrest that “Out of my evil side, I wanted to do something.”
“You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” Judge McAliley told Alani at the bail hearing. “That’s very disconcerting. What you did with this aircraft was highly reckless and unconscionable. Certainly there was a risk of a catastrophic disaster. I think it is likely you will be convicted.”
He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.