Jihadi who wanted to kill Pamela Geller said he’d kill his own family if they refused to live by Sharia
“When asked about bail, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann told the judge that Rovinski posed a ‘significant threat to public safety.’ He was ordered held for a week and limped away in shackles.”
A week? A week? Will anyone be watching this jihadi savage next week?
“He also indicated he is prepared to fight anyone who is an enemy of ISIL, including Americans if necessary, to accomplish ISIL’s ultimate goal. That includes his family, who Rovinski said would be required to live within ISIL’s parameters and that ‘if they were to refuse, they must be killed,’ the affidavit stated.” The Islamic State’s “parameters” are, of course, Islamic law — Sharia. Nuh al-Amriki, as Rovinski styles himself since his conversion, is saying that his family must abide by Sharia or be killed — which is exactly the same principle upon which he set out to murder Pamela Geller. He was demanding that she abide by Sharia blasphemy laws prohibiting depictions of Muhammad, or be killed.
The question now before the U.S. and the free world in general is whether it will submit to this violent threat, and give those doing the threatening what they want, or stand for its principles of freedom. What the choice will be is anyone’s guess at this point.
“Warwick man accused of conspiring in terror plot,” by Amanda Milkovits, Providence Journal, June 12, 2015 (thanks to Thomas):
BOSTON — A Warwick, R.I., man, who stated he feels “at war” with those who oppose the Islamic State, is accused of conspiring with two Boston men to attack and behead a critic of Islam.
Nicholas Rovinski, 24, was ordered detained after appearing in a packed courtroom at U.S. District Court Friday afternoon. The thin young man with a long dark beard said little, except in response to the judge’s questions. His mother sat silently in the crowd.
When asked about bail, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann told the judge that Rovinski posed a “significant threat to public safety.” He was ordered held for a week and limped away in shackles.
Rovinski is the second person to be charged in the alleged terror plot involving a blogger who had hosted a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. The plot collapsed after a third man allegedly decided instead to martyr himself by attacking police officers, who killed him in Boston on June 2.
Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, drew a long-bladed fighting knife on Boston police officers and FBI agents as they approached him in a parking lot in the city’s Roslindale neighborhood. They told him to drop his weapon; he refused and moved toward the officers, who shot him to death, according to Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans.
Rahim’s death led to the arrest that same day of his nephew David Wright, 25, of Everett, who remains held on a charge of obstructing justice, and to the presence of law enforcement at Rovinski’s home at 167 Aspinet Drive in Warwick for more than a week.
Rovinski was arrested by the FBI Thursday evening, on a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, also known as ISIL. Wright now also faces the same charge.
U.S. District Court Judge Donald Cabell ordered Rovinski detained until a probable cause and bail hearing next Friday at 2 p.m., when Wright is also expected to appear at a detention hearing.
While some of Rovinski’s family members appeared in court, none spoke to the media. Neither did the two lawyers accompanying him, Providence federal public defender Olin Thompson and Boston federal public defender William W. Fick, who had also represented Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.
However, an affidavit by an FBI special agent filed Friday in U.S. District Court provided more details about the men’s relationships and the alleged plot.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation alleges that Rovinski was drawn to a radical life after converting to Islam two years ago.
In the 21-page affidavit, the FBI said that Rovinski submitted to an interview with law enforcement about his views.
“He told the agents that he fully supported the recently publicized acts of ISIL fighters in the Middle East such as beheadings and military attacks on forces who oppose ISIL,” the affidavit states. “Rovinski stated that the beheadings … were both warnings and a method of warfare. He stated that he feels he is ‘at war’ with those who oppose ISIL … He also indicated he is prepared to fight anyone who is an enemy of ISIL, including Americans if necessary, to accomplish ISIL’s ultimate goal.”
That includes his family, who Rovinski said would be required to live within ISIL’s parameters and that “if they were to refuse, they must be killed,” the affidavit stated.
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