Suspect In Minn. Somalis Case To Stay In Custody

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis man accused of recruiting fighters for al-Shabab in Somalia will stay in custody for at least another two weeks.

A federal judge in Minneapolis on Monday continued the proceeding against Mohamud Said Omar to give the defense more time to prepare arguments for why he should be released. Judge Michael Davis set Omar’s next hearing for Aug. 26.

Omar was charged in 2009 with counts including providing material support to terrorists. Prosecutors have said he traveled to Somalia himself and provided money to buy assault rifles.

It was Omar’s first Minnesota court appearance since he was extradited from the Netherlands. His attorney, Matt Forsgren, declined to comment on the charges afterward.

Two of his brothers who attended the hearing said afterward their brother is not a terrorist.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Maddog

    Break his legs and send him back to Somalia. Why should we pay to feed & house him in prison. They would probably shoot us over there if we did the same thing.

    • Jim

      That’s why this is a better country than Somalia, because we treat human beings with respect, even criminals.

      • Iconoclast

        Why should criminals be treated with respect? I don’t understand why that would be.

        • Jim

          Because criminals are still people. Our entire legal system is based on the concept of innocent until proven guilty. There are places that practice the kind of law Maddog supports, countries like Somalia, Iran, China, etc. I’m glad I don’t live in those counties.

          • Iconoclast

            You are confusing two different terms, Jim.

            A criminal is not innocent until proven guilty. A criminal has, by definition, already been convicted of the crime and is now a criminal, and not an “accused.”

            See how that works?

            • Jim

              Oh, I thought we were discussing the story at hand, not word usage. “A former Minneapolis man accused of…”

              See how that works? Did you come to this story to nitpick people’s word choices?

  • Kessler

    For all the aggrivation this POS has caused to people in general around the world, make an example out of him and just feed him a bullet.

    • Jim

      Yeah, let’s just throw out our entire justice system. It was overrated anyway. Let’s get back to the Wild West! YEEEEHAAAW!

      • Iconoclast

        What do YOU suggest, Jim? Tell him to never support terrorism again and be done with it? LOL

        • Jim

          How about we put him through a trial and if found guilty, we apply the laws of the land to punish him? Does that sound crazy to you? Or do you really think we should just shoot the guy?

          • Iconoclast


            Yeah, maybe they just got the wrong guy, eh?

            Maybe he was buying AK-47 brand baby food for his peeps back home and we got this all wrong, Jim.

            Hey, thanks for setting me straight, buddy.


            • Jim

              So you don’t believe that people are innocent until proven guilty, and you think the system of justice in this country should be thrown out and we should start shooting more people without a trial. That’s fascinating.

              You dodged the question so I’ll ask again. Do you really think we should just shoot Mohamud Said Omar without a trial?

              • Iconoclast


                I’m willing to wait until after the trial for the shooting part.

                What will your excuse be when there isn’t one?

                • Jim

                  When there isn’t one what? A trial? I don’t get it. You don’t think there’s going to be a trial?

                  If he’s found guilty I’d be fine with giving him the maximum penalty allowed by law, and if that penalty is death, I’d have absolutely no problem with it. I have no love or respect for terrorists whatsoever.

          • Oh yeah, that sho'nuff werks good.

            Yeah, the “laws of the land” worked real well for OJ and Casey Anthony, didn’t they?

            Maybe there should be a place for the vigilante.

            • Jim

              Maybe there should. What’s your solution to our flawed justice system?

              It sure seemed to me like Casey Anthony was guilty, and it’s a shame she’s free. But I don’t want to live in a society where Nancy Grace is the judge and an angry mob is the executioner.

  • the crux of the biscuit

    Just remember, this is a peaceful cul…err…religion. We can’t let a few million bad apples ruin it for the rest of them.

  • jimmy jesus

    son dog and his uncle kessler we go by the book not emotion so plse shut your mouth u give us a bad name

    • with kessler and maddog

      Your kind give yourselves a bad name. Get out!

      • Jim

        kessler and maddog hate America. Otherwise why would they want to apply Somali law here? This is a country of laws, not rabid, mouth-foaming haters. Why do you hate America?

        • Mike

          Jim, your posts ROCK … “mouth-foaming haters” … I’m SO using that one!!!

          Honestly, I’m not to thrilled about the Hmong or the Somali refugees that were allowed here, without having to even know the language, uneducated and now causing problems because they won’t acclimate to our culture. I don’t know the solution though. It’s a tough situation for both them and us. I’m trying to have compassion but at times I struggle.

    • Maddog

      Where did you learn to spell?

      • Jim

        Thanks, grammar police! You provide a valuable service to your community.

  • Guy

    Ship him back to Somalia. As far as I’m concerned; if any immigrant so much as spits on the street illegally; ship ’em home. We don’t need any more Marielitos or other third world trash.

    • MARK

      I’d be cool with shipping all the red-neck morons out of the country. We don’t need more tobacco-spitting morons or other stupid trash.

      • Iconoclast


        More Somalians, less country white folk?

        Got it.

        • Jim

          Based on the comments I’ve read here that would be fine with me. It seems that stories about Somalis bring out the bigots in droves.

          • Iconoclast

            Sounds like Mogadishu might be a great vacation destination for you, Jim. Until reality hits you in the face and you realize these people hate you with every fiber of their being with an intensity you can’t possibly imagine.

            • Jim

              Here’s your problem: “these people.” You actually think a country full of millions of people all think the same way. That’s obviously ridiculous.

              I would never go to Mogadishu. From everything I know about it, it sounds like just about the last place on earth I’d ever visit. But I still think human beings should be treated with respect, even those from Somalia.

              • the crux of the biscuit

                Yeah, because they treated the SFC Gary Gordon and SFC Randall Shughart with respect. Oh wait, they drug thier bodies through the streets of Mogadishu. But I guess we can’t blame them for their actions Jim can we?

                • Jim

                  Do you think we should emulate Somalia and murder people and drag their corpses through the street? You want to lower this country to the level of Somali terrorists? I don’t. I like it here and I don’t want this country to be like Somalia.

                  No, we can’t blame all Somalis for the actions of some of them. I don’t blame all Americans for the Oklahoma City bombing, I don’t blame all Norwegians for the terrorism that recently occurred there, and I don’t blame all Somalis either.

          • meow

            Jim, good for you. STAND YOUR GROUND … you are a voice of compassion and reason. (much needed)

            I still side with the others though. I’d rather not have the Somalis here. It’s outrageous that we have other foreigners, who speak fluent English, are educated and high skilled, go through all the legal hoops to get their work Visa then have to pay outrageous lawyer fees and do loads of work to try for citizenship. Then you also get these refugees who have more civil rights that the gay community who are treated like second class citizens, who aren’t allowed to marry in this state, but they were born here and pay taxes. Totally messed up.

      • Mark is a moron

        Yeah cause they all chew tobacco and spit on our walkways…

        I’d rather that, then having somalis dipping their balls in cups in public bathrooms.
        I’d also rather that, then have to smell them.
        I’d also rather that, then have them destroy neighborhoods (like they typically do)
        I’d also rather that, then have to pay taxes and support their welfare.
        I’d also rather that, then have to worry about innocent people being bombed.
        I’d also rather that, then have to see food labels with another language on them.
        I’d also rather that, then have to have law suits against schools that do the Pledge of Allegiance because it uses God instead of Allah.

      • Guy

        So when are YOU leaving? Me – I don’t smoke (regular or wacky), chew or snort tobacco.

  • VikingQueen

    Our country is being destroyed by these rag-heads. Boot them all out. Go back to Somalia!!!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Thursday Night Football

Listen Live