November 30, 2007
On Wednesday, November 28, Derrick Shareef pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago on federal charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. I’ve discussed the Shareef case before on this website, most notably here, here, and here.
In the past, I’ve suggested the Shareef case was only the tip of the iceberg, and that those who thought it was inconsequential were missing the bigger picture, some of which I’ve examined in the pages of Chronicles (and which I’ve examined in greater depth in the January 2008 issue, which goes to press on Wednesday). Now, however, the pieces are beginning to be revealed publicly, and—surprise, surprise—the predictions I’ve made are being confirmed.
At the same time that Shareef was pleading guilty in Chicago, an evidentiary hearing was taking place in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, in the case of Hassan Abujihaad, which I’ve also discussed on this site. At the hearing, it was revealed that the FBI informant who was responsible for Shareef’s arrest used information gathered from Shareef to help break open the Abujihaad case. And the investigation into Abujihaad’s case is providing the evidence that will allow for the extradition of Babar Ahmad (whom I’ve also discussed on this website), the proprietor of a jihadist website. It’s also exposing the breadth of the jihadist network that Ahmad was involved with, which extends from the United States into Europe and the Middle East.
Oddly enough, the only publication that got this right from the start—and the only one that saw the significance of the Shareef arrest last year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—was Chronicles.
And there’s more to come—a lot more. Keep your eyes on Chronicles and on this website, because we’re going to provide coverage of these cases that you simply won’t read anywhere else.