According to reports out of Pinellas County, Fla., 27-year-old Sami Osmakac was found guilty of federal terrorism charges.
During a three-week trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the defendant met with undercover FBI agents and informants in an effort to purchase a car bomb and an AK-47 rifle among other weapons. With his acquisitions, he stated his intention to bomb bridges over the Tampa Bay and a specific community bar. He also expressed his intention to take hostages, killing one every 30 minutes until the government agreed to let a number of Muslim prisoners out of jail.
His plot would end, he said, with his own death by suicide bomb.
While his defense put forth a claim that the FBI coerced Osmakac into making such plans, a jury disagreed. His lawyers also suggested he has a mental illness, though an expert witness who interviewed him five separate times testified to the contrary. Dr. Paul Montalbano said he made a conscious choice to pursue terrorism, noting he showed no signs of instability.
“It’s important to differentiate between a mental disorder and a cultural belief.”
Aside from local reports and a few diligent national outlets, this seems to be another case of homegrown terrorism the mainstream media deems insignificant.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Sami Osmakac