Terror charges for teen with LI ties - KMSP-TV

Terror charges for teen with LI ties

Posted: Updated:

By TOM HAYS  Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A high school student secretly pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to join an offshoot of al-Qaida in Yemen so he could die fighting jihad, authorities said Wednesday.

In January, Justin Kaliebe told an undercover operative pretending to be a confidant, "There is no way out for me. ... The only way out is martyrdom," according to court papers.

A record of the American citizen's computer activity suggested he was influenced by the lectures of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the militant leader who was killed in a 2011 U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the papers said.

Counterterrorism agents arrested the 18-year-old on Jan. 21 as he tried to board a flight to Oman at John F. Kennedy International Airport on his way to Yemen. He pleaded guilty to providing material support to a terrorist organization on Feb. 8 as part of an ongoing investigation.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn declined to discuss why the plea was kept secret.

Authorities said Kaliebe was a high school student at the time of his arrest, claims to be of Russian descent and has addresses in the Long Island towns of Babylon and Bayshore. They provided no further details about his background. There was no immediate response to phone messages left by The Associated Press with defense attorneys.

Prosecutors allege Kaliebe began plotting to join al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula in the fall of 2011 while he was in email and face-to-face contact with the undercover operative, who recorded their conversations. The operative told the defendant he was from Yemen and could give him pointers on how to get there, according to a criminal complaint.

Kaliebe asked the operative "to assure him that he was not going to `rat him out' and after the (operative) assured him that he would not, Kaliebe indicated that he wanted to join a group `for the sake of Allah."'

Last summer, Kaliebe was recorded saying he was saving money "as a means to go to Yemen to fight jihad," the complaint said. He also told a New York Police Department undercover officer in January that his he was inspired by Awlaki and Osama bin Laden, "both who bore witness to the truth for their blood," the complaint adds.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:50:43 GMT
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
  • Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:25 GMT
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
  • Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:23:37 GMT
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices