Seems he has since been given a life sentence. I think there may have been a mistake allowing him to be free pending sentencing until this month.
BTW, while looking for an update on that guy, I came across another article about a nutcase which is excerpted here:
Bassam Khalaf was fired from his job as a baggage screener at Houston?s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on July 7. Airport officials discovered that under the name ?Arabic Assassin,? he had recorded a rap CD entitled Terror Alert, on which he described himself as a ?crazy, suicidal Arabic ... equipped with bombs? and threatened to hijack a plane on September 11, 2005 and fly it into a building.
A statement on his website says, ?I CHOSE THIS NAME BECAUSE IT FITS ME. IM ARABIC AND ILL ASSASSINATE YO A**.? Yet despite the forthright bloodlust in his lyrics, he professed to be bewildered about his firing: ?I kept my music and my job separate,? he protested. ?What does my music have to do with my job?? About his firing, he said: ?I know part of it is racially motivated.?
Much is being made of England's "home grown" terrorists in the media.
What about in the USofA ? Does the name Ali al-Timimi mean anything to you ? Probably not, so let me save you some research. This is what you can find on the www if you review enough sites:
Ali al-Tamimi is an American biologist and Islamic scholar.
Al-Tamimi was born in Wash DC, and raised in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood. His parents worked at the Iraqi embassy. When he was 15 his family moved to Saudi Arabia, where he became interested in Islam. On returning to the U.S. two years later, he attended George Washington Univ and the Univ of Maryland.
He lectured often at the Center for Islamic Information and Education in Falls Church, Va. He was a founding member of the Center, which is also known as Dar al-Arqam.
On April 26, 2005, he was convicted in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia of inciting terrorism by soliciting others to levy war against the United States and inducing others to use firearms in violation of federal law.
According to the Associated Press in today's paper, he was sentenced to life in prison