New York: A man of New York has been sentenced to eleven-and-a-half-year in imprisonment as he was found guilty of the charges for being involved in threatening on internet to the writers of the South Park television series and other writers as well who are critical of Islam.
A federal courthouse in Alexandria, VA sentenced Jesse Morton, who is also called Younus Abdullah Muhammed, 33, to 138 months in jail as he used his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” organization’s Internet sites to conspire to solicit murder, make threatening communications and use the Internet to place others in fear. He was pleaded guilty of the charges on February 9.
According to court records, Morton founded Revolution Muslim in 2007, an organization that operated Internet platforms and websites and supported violent extremism. Morton and his associates used the organization’s websites to encourage Muslims to engage in violence against those they believe to be enemies of Islam and to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Al-Qaeda, Taliban and others. They posted messages in support of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the November 2009 killings at Ft. Hood and attacks and future threats against Jewish organizations, among others.
The FBI officials informed, “Through his online forums, Morton conspired with Zachary Chesser and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day’ movement in May 2010, that included an online hit list for violent extremists to take out. The posting also had a message from Anwar Al-Awlaki that explicitly called for the artist’s assassination.”
Morton confessed that he had helped Chesser in April 2010 to encourage violent extremists to attack the writers of “South Park” for an episode that featured The Holy prophet Muhammad (SAWW) in a bear suit, including highlighting their residence and urging online readers to “pay them a visit.”
Chesser was arrested on July 21, 2010 and he was charged for providing material support to Al-Shabaab and communicating threats and soliciting violent extremists to desensitize law enforcement. Chesser was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison last February.
Morton fled to Morocco after Four days of Chesser’s arrest, where he stayed until his arrest on US charges on May 26, 2011.
US Attorney Neil MacBride stated, “Jesse Morton sought to inspire Muslims to engage in terrorism by providing doctrinal justification for violence against civilians in the name of Islam. The string of recent cases with ties to Mr. Morton demonstrates that he was very successful.”
“His crimes not only put people’s lives forever in danger, but they also chilled free expression out of fear of retaliation by violent terrorists,” he added.
Assistant Director in charge, James McJunkin, commented, “Mr. Morton utilized the Internet to incite fear and terror by encouraging violence and radicalization, and he will now pay for those crimes with today’s sentence.”
“Together with our partner law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the community, the FBI will continue to pursue those who support violent extremism and promote the radicalization of others, whether online or in person,” he concluded.