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Possible Terrorism Charges Against the New Mexico Jihadi Cultists
by Clarion Project
Federal authorities are now investigating possible terrorism charges against the New Mexico jihadi cultists, reported the Albuquerque Journal. The cult members are currently being held on firearms and conspiracy charges.
Based on evidence found at their compound in New Mexico (on land which they illegally occupied between December 2017 and August 2018) as well as testimony by some of the older of the 11 starving children whom local police rescued from the compound, federal prosecutors say the group had “a common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions.”
The teenage children said they were being given military training to carry out jihadi school shootings, among other attacks.
Defense attorneys are petitioning the court to remove any language in the indictment that speaks of jihad and martyrdom, saying it could encourage prejudice in the jury during a possible trial.
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and director of the Clarion Intelligence Network, Ryan Mauro, said this is a common tactic used by defense lawyers in cases involving Islamist motives.