Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney
Available 24/7 - call now
916-248-8598
Menu emailContact Us View Blog Categories

California man arrested attempting to join terrorist group


Some federal charges are significantly more disturbing than others. In fact, in today's political environment, probably one of the most troubling federal charges a person can face is a federal terrorism charge. California readers may have heard about a California college student's recent arrest for federal crimes related to terrorism.

According to news reports, a 20-year-old community college student from Acampo, California, was arrested while attempting to cross the U.S./Canada border in Blaine, Washington. Authorities claim the young man intended to travel from Canada to the Middle East, where he planned to join the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. U.S. officials said the young man had also discussed committing an attack on the Los Angeles area subway system.

The charges follow a federal investigation into the young man that included him disclosing to a confidential source that he and friends intended to hit Los Angeles, specifically the subway, on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. The plot was eventually cancelled after the student became worried that the mission's security had been compromised. The California student is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted he could face 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

With so much pressure from the public and politicians to protect the nation from terrorism, U.S. attorney's and federal investigators take allegations of federal crimes involving terrorism very seriously. As a result of the aggressive prosecution of federal crimes such as these, it is important that those who are accused of such crimes craft a sound criminal defense strategy. In the end, it is the only way to ensure that liberties are protected and rights are preserved.

Source: Lost Angeles Times, "California student held on terrorism charge linked to L.A. subway," Michael Muskal and Richard Winton, March 17, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Available 24/7 - Call Now

Contact Thomas A. Johnson

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson | 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1620 | Sacramento, CA 95814 | Toll Free: 866-974-4316 | Phone: 916-248-8598 | Fax: 916-442-4262 | Sacramento Law Office Map

Review Us