Tuesday, April 25, 2006

California Man Convicted In Terrorism Case

Via AP:
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old man of supporting terrorists by attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan three years ago.

Hamid Hayat, a seasonal farm worker in Lodi, an agricultural town south of Sacramento, was convicted of one count of providing material support to terrorists and three counts of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors described Hamid Hayat as having "a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind" who returned from a two-year visit to Pakistan intent on carrying out attacks. Possible targets included hospitals, banks and grocery stores.

I'm curious as to how often these sorts of trials occur. With all the focus on the Zarqawi trial, there hasn't been much mention of any other, less prominent figures who may be on trial for their roles in aiding terrorists. It would be very interesting to see the numbers on terror-related trials in the U.S. per year.

My assumption is that the amount of public trials might be low, but the amount of investigations and inquires that occur based on suspicions of terrorism may be much higher. In our current war against al-Qaeda, intelligence has become our most valuable resource.