The New Jersey terrorist who detonated bombs in two states was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman expressed disbelief during the trial. Ahmad Khan Rahimi showed no remorse for his crimes and gave every indication that he would do it again if he could. Judge Berman felt as though there was a “clear and present danger” that must be addressed.
Rahimi ultimately received multiple life sentences.
On September 16, 2016, Rahimi loaded a backpack with two pressure-cooker explosives and headed to New York. One of the bombs ripped through a small city a block and injured 30 innocent people. It’s a miracle that no one died.
“I have come to understand why there is such a big frustration between Muslims overseas and the American people,” Rahimi whined during a lengthy statement.
He took absolutely no responsibility for his crimes. That’s why the judge was so affected. It’s unsettling to see a human being with such a cavalier attitude toward violence.
“You sound like most people and yet your actions are totally at odds with your voice,” Berman said. “We saw videos.”
Multiple videos were played in court showing Rahimi’s seemingly carefree attitude as he placed his bombs.
Liberals continue to mock President Trump for his strict immigration policies but cases like Rahimi’s shows how important they are. Rahimi, a naturalized citizen, was born in Afghanistan. He was let into our country with open arms only to attack when he grew old enough.
A single life term was mandatory. However, the judge tacked on a couple more. He also ordered Rahimi to pay $562,803 in restitution. He noted that the terrorist provided “not an ounce of justification” for his actions.
Rahimi spent his trial sulking and trying to portray himself as a victim. He previously expressed his support for ISIS but he didn’t appear to be religiously motivated in court. He appeared as a normal, combative young man.
Prosecutors allege, however, that his good behavior is a front. He’s been incarcerated for 1.5 years and he’s been using his time to try and radicalize fellow inmates.
“Rahimi,” according to a Syracuse newspaper, “gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a U.S. airstrike in September 2011.”
Nobody died in Rahimi’s attack, a fact latched onto by his defense attorney. 30 people were injured when one of his bombs went off and a cut up a small neighborhood.
“He said to me, ‘I’m sorry,'” Rahimi’s father told NBC. “He told me, ‘Thank God I didn’t kill anybody, that’s good news for me.’ I said, ‘That’s good news for me, too, you didn’t kill anybody.'”
Rahimi’s father did everything that he could to save his son. A few weeks before the bombings he bravely contacted that the FBI and told them that something was wrong. He thought that his son wanted to hurt people.
His concerns were dismissed.
“After two months, they say, ‘Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist,'” he said, “I said, ‘You sure he not doing anything?’ He say, ‘Yeah, is good news.'”
“My son, he did wrong, and the FBI did the wrong, too…The government is responsible for that reason. They have the power to stop the crime and they did not stop the crime.”
President Obama’s Justice Department struggled to identify terrorists. A lot of people like Rahimi slipped through the cracks.
During Rahimi’s trial, prosecutors alleged that he bragged about his crimes after committing them. Journal entries detail how “proud” he was of what he had done.
“Mr. Rahimi just stood here for the last 10 minutes and blamed everyone else for his actions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley said. “He is unrepentant. He shows no sympathy for his victims.”
Rahimi won’t be able to cause any more damage, but it’s important for Americans to realize that we’re still fighting against countless men just like him. Muslim extremists openly avow their hatred of Westerners.
President Trump is working to protect the country from similar attacks by tightening the country’s immigration policies. Damaged, conflicted souls should never be allowed to resettle within the U.S.