Taos County, New Mexico, which lies near the Colorado border, has been the center of an ongoing news story over the last few weeks concerning a ramshackle Islamic extremist compound built in the desert and what transpired there. Just days ago, it seemed that story had come to an end, as a local judge dismissed all charges against the extremists due to a procedural rule.
Now the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had been monitoring the ‘compound’ before local law enforcement officers raided it, has arrested and charged all five adults. The lack of crimes related to ‘conspiracy to commit’ acts of terrorism is interesting to many. However, the actions by the federal agency threw a monkey wrench in to the ‘dismissal’ of charges by a local district judge.
The five adults were allowed to go free after the charges against them, which mostly related to child neglect, child abuse, and those stemming from the abduction and subsequent death of a three-year-old child who suffered from a number of medical issues, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, were dismissed.
One of the five adults present at the facility, Jany Leveille, 35, turned out to be a Haitian national illegally in the United States. In other words, she is an illegal alien.
Due to the presence of firearms at the compound, along with her illegal immigrant status, this allowed the FBI to charge, and detain, the five adults for being an alien unlawfully in possession of firearms and ammunition, along with aiding and abetting and even conspiring to assist her in unlawfully obtaining and possessing such firearms and ammunition.
However, that does not mean that she is free of the other charges brought by prosecutors in Taos County.
Though local prosecutors dropped the charges in the short-term, Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said that his office would be seeking grand jury indictments, allowing them to sidestep the 10-day rule.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj Jr., Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, and Lucas Morton, along with Leveille, could also face more charges in the county, as Gallegos said that seeking these indictments in front of a grand jury would allow his office more time to collect evidence against the five.
That could mean a chance for Taos County prosecutors to flesh out claims that the Islamic extremists were teaching the children and teens on the compound to carry out violent attacks against targets of opportunity, including schools and hospitals.
The raid, which occurred on August 3, was triggered following claims that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj Jr.’s son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, could be at the camp.
Though the raid did not find the boy immediately, his body was found buried at the compound.
Her co-defendants, meanwhile, could face ten years each for aiding and abetting, and another five for on the charges of ‘conspiracy.’
After all, his father, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (which killed 6 and injured more than 1,000), was celebrated by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and is still held up by leftists like Linda Sarsour as some sort of great religious leader, despite his outspoken beliefs that Sharia law should replace the American law system or that homosexuals should be put to death.
Still, it’s hard to conceive that Wahhaj Sr., who defended the character of the infamous ‘Blind Sheikh’ in court, would have any political clout so far from his mosque in Brooklyn, New York.
While the federal case likely won’t result in ten and fifteen-year sentences, it will be interesting to see what the local authorities find in their investigation, concerning possible charges related to terrorism and other horrific actions. It might very well be enough to put the five accused away for a long time, and to deport Leveille.