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June 29, 2012: Minh Quang Pham Vietnamese born British convert to Islam, , 29 Pham was wanted in the US for terrorism related offences and was arrested in the UK. Pham swore an oath of allegiance to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after leaving Britain to join the terrorist group in December 2010. He received military-style and bomb making training and met with the American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who were producing online propaganda for AQAP including the notorious on-line magazine called “Inspire” before returning to Britain eight months later. Pham is of Vietnamese heritage but had been living in New Cross, South London since at least 2005 where he ran his own computer company. Vietnam has 63,146 Muslims according to the 1999 census, less than one per cent of the population, mostly from Cham ethnic group, who are related to Malays

BBC: During the hearing Pham said he had made a "terrible mistake" that he regretted and sent a letter to the judge to say he renounced all acts of terrorism and extremist ideology.


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Minh Quang Pham: FBI Continues Creating Terror Stories Assisted by ...emptywheel.net May 16, 2016 Minh Quang Pham, whom I dubbed AQAP’s “graphic artist of mass destruction” because he was busted for providing graphic design skills to AQAP, got sentenced today; neither FBI nor SDNY have announced his sentence but it will be between 30 and 50 years in prison.  The government, as it tends to do, has submitted a bunch of documents as part of the sentencing process to inflate the magnitude of Pham’s acts, which largely consist of carrying a Kalashnikov he wasn’t really trained to use and helping Samir Khan make Inspire look prettier. With the documents, DOJ suggests Pham might have attacked Heathrow if he hadn’t been stopped when he was. Materials submitted as part of the sentencing process include:  ..  A January 12, 2012 interview with Ahmed Warsame substantially about Pham The FBI 302s have the most detail, including that Awlaki gave Pham a “clean” computer that, as described, was not clean at all (a forensics report that is sealed in the docket reportedly found it had shared data with a computer that Warsame had been caught with) and the claim that Awlaki gave Pham a phone and an email account to contact him with — or to provide to new AQAP recruits (the story varies) — in the future. One 302 provides the rather incredible detail that “the email account AULAQI provided might have been a Hotmail account.”

Obviously Pham has good reason to want to insinuate he would never have conducted the plot (but then, he was free in the UK for 5 months and didn’t take any steps to do so, not even obtaining acetone from his sister’s nail salon). Then again, obviously the FBI has good reason to want to claim that Pham was more than the graphic artist who was never really trained in fighting that the other records show him to be.

The thing is, there’s no evidence in the record that makes this Heathrow attack look credible. There are some other really funny details about this story that I hope to return to. But I’m sure the story worked to ensure Pham would spend most of the rest of his life in a US SuperMax.

Update: I guess this is why they didn’t announce Pham’s sentence: Judge Alison Nathan delayed sentencing because of conflicting stories over whether Pham really intended to attack Heathrow, or whether he used that as a way to get out of Yemen (though she reportedly is inclined to side with the government). I think this is a sound result: the government actually hasn’t proven this attack was real (again, I have questions about whether even Awlaki designed it to be real). Moreover, Pham will get 30 years in any case.

The FBI might have a more (or less — who knows!!) credible case had they taped these interviews. Now they have to make their case in court.


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40 Years for Minh Quang Pham, Accused of Plotting to Bomb ...
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NBCNews.comMay 28, 2016 - Still, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan showed 33-year-old Minh Quang Pham a measure of leniency, too, noting that he had renounced all ...


May 27, 2016  A British citizen who plotted to carry out a suicide bomb attack at Heathrow Airport wassentenced to 40 years in prison. Minh Quang Pham, 33, was sentenced in New York for travelling to Yemen to train with members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Pham pled guilty to three counts of terrorist-related activity based on his support for the group, but denied he intended to carry out his plot and no attack ever occurred. Pham, a Vietnamese born British convert to Islam, was first arrested in Britain in June 2012 and was extradited to the U.S. in February 2015. Gatestone

40 Years for Minh Quang Pham, Accused of Plotting to Bomb ... NBCNews.comMay 28, 2016 - Still, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan showed 33-year-old Minh Quang Pham a measure of leniency, too, noting that he had renounced all ...

Vietnamese al Qaeda propagandist extradited from UK to face US ...
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New York PostMar 3, 2015 - A Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom will be arraigned Wednesday on charges he provided material support to al Qaeda in ...

Britain extradites London man to US over Al-Qaeda terror charges ...
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The Daily TelegraphMar 4, 2015 - A Vietnamese national has been extradited to the United States from Britain after being charged with travelling to Yemen to receive training at ...

London man accused of aiding al-Qaida faces life sentence in US after ...
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The GuardianMar 3, 2015 - Ming Quang Pham is accused of helping to produce the notorious magazine. ... Minh Quang Pham is charged with possessing and using an AK-47 rifle “in furtherance

UK citizen Minh Quang Pham jailed for Heathrow suicide plot - BBC.com BBCA British citizen who US prosecutors say plotted to carry out a suicide bomb attack at Heathrow Airport is jailed for 40 years in the US.

A British citizen who US prosecutors said plotted to carry out a suicide bomb attack at Heathrow Airport has been jailed for 40 years in the US.
Minh Quang Pham, 33, was sentenced in New York for supporting the terror group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2011.
In January, Pham admitted three counts of terrorist-related activity based on his support for the group.
He denied he intended to carry out his plot and no attack ever occurred.
Pham, a former Vietnamese national who had lived in London, was first arrested in the UK in June 2012 and was extradited to the US in February 2015.
Scotland Yard said its counter-terrorism command provided key evidence that helped shape the case against Pham, also known as Amin, which led to his prosecution.
He pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to AQAP, one count of conspiring to receive military training from AQAP and one count of possessing and using a machine gun in furtherance of crimes of violence.
'Exceptionally severe sentence'
Prosecutors said Pham was directed by al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki to detonate explosives in Heathrow's arrivals area after spending several months in Yemen being trained by him.
District Judge Alison Nathan said Pham deserved an "exceptionally severe sentence" after he became a trusted asset for the terror group.
Pham had worked as a graphic artist on the group's magazine, Inspire, that was said to be used by the Boston marathon bombers to learn how to make bombs.


British Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Al Qaeda Plot to Attack London ... The New York TimesMay 27, 2016 - An operative for Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen who was trained in bomb-making by Anwar al-Awlaki and agreed to carry out an attack targeting Americans and Israelis at Heathrow Airport in London was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Friday in Manhattan. .Mr. Pham traveled secretly to Yemen in 2010, swore allegiance to the terrorist group, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or A.Q.A.P., and worked on its online propaganda publication, Inspire.  Under questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said that while he was in Yemen, he approached Mr. Awlaki, an American-born radical Muslim cleric who had become A.Q.A.P.’s leading English-language propagandist, and volunteered to “sacrifice himself” in a suicide attack upon returning to Britain.

PRESS RELEASE: Minh Quang Pham, Member of Al Qaeda in the ...
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Mar 11, 2016 - Minh Quang Pham, aka Amin, 33, pleaded guilty today in the Southern .... health, Economy, Education, Wikipedia, local news, Press Release, ...

Vietnamese Al Qaeda backer pleads guilty to terror charges - NY Daily ...
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New York Daily NewsJan 9, 2016 - Minh Quang Pham, 33, signed on with the terror group in Yemen.


Vietnamese man pleads guilty to terrorism charges ahead of trial ...
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he GuardianJan 8, 2016 - Minh Quang Pham pleaded guilty to providing material support in 2011 to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula while he was in Yemen

Minh Quang Pham, al-Qaida supporter, pleads guilty | Newsday
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NewsdayJan 8, 2016 - Vietnamese-born Minh Quang Pham, 33, who was extradited to the United States and charged last year, admitted to providing material support ...

Britain extradites London man to US over Al-Qaeda terror charges ...
www.telegraph.co.uk › News › UK News › Terrorism in the UK
The Daily TelegraphMar 4, 2015 - Al-Qaeda 'propaganda expert' arrested in London ... Pham was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport upon his return to Britain from Yemen in ...

London Web Designer 'Al-Qaida Propaganda Expert'
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International Business TimesJun 9, 2013 - London Web Designer 'Al-Qaida Propaganda Expert' ... Pham was arrested at Heathrow last July as he returned from Bahrain, when a live ...

PRESS RELEASE: Alleged Associate, Minh Quang Pham of al Qaeda ...
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Al-Qa'ida 'online propaganda expert' arrested in Britain | Crime | News ...
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The IndependentJul 5, 2012 - A London man has been arrested on suspicion of helping to design and publish onlinepropaganda for an al-Qa'ida offshoot behind an ...


Al-Qaeda 'propaganda expert' arrested in London - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk › News › UK News › Terrorism in the UK
The Daily TelegraphJul 4, 2012 - Minh Quang Pham, 29, is said to have sworn an oath of allegiance to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) after leaving Britain to join the ...

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