Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Terrorist Sami Osmakac trial begins with jury selection

The trial of Sami Osmakac, a U.S. citizen accused ofplotting to plant bombs across Tampa, Florida began Tuesday with jury selection.

Osmakac is charged with attempting to possess a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered machine gun. The defense is arguing that he was entrapped and that he was vulnerable to persuasion because of mental illness.

The man has refused for stand when the judge arrived in court and his attorney is asked the court to supply traditional Muslim garb to wear in court. Osmakac’s family doesn’t want to pay to clothe him in a robe garment called a thobe and a head wrap known as a keffiyeh, according to TBO.com.

Osmakac plotted to blow up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay or detonating bombs at the sheriff’s office and police departments. His more recent scheme was a plan to plant explosives in Tampa’s Hyde Park party district and then spraying first responders with automatic gunfire, according to released court documents.

The planned January 2012 attack, Osmakac said in a “martyrdom video,” would be “payback for Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may he rest in peace. ”

 The plots are detailed in a 37-page report by a terrorism expert hired by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa to help in its case against Osmakac, a self-described jihadist who said he was too radical even for Hamas and other fringe Muslim groups.

TBO notes:

The report paints a chilling portrait of Osmakac as a radical Muslim who ridiculed the Muslim community in the Tampa area as being “enamored with material wealth” and said he worried more about being turned in by local Muslims than “infidels.”

Kohlmann is a controversial figure. In a 2010 issue of New York magazine, he was described as being respected in some quarters but also someone who “sees danger everywhere he looks.” At that time, he had offered testimony that helped convict 23 defendants in federal courts and the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay.


Sami Osmakac

Sami Osmakac



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