Boston: Muslim Roslindale Man Allegedly Planned To Attack ‘Boys In Blue’

From the Boston Globe:
The man fatally shot by members of an anti-terrorism task force in Boston on Tuesday had originally planned to behead someone outside Massachusetts but changed that plan early Tuesday morning to focus instead on killing a police officer in the state, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent in federal court in Boston Wednesday afternoon.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Usaama Rahim allegedly told his associate, David Wright of Everett, “I’m just going to — ah —go after them, those boys in blue. Cause, ah, it’s the easiest target and, ah, the most common is the easiest for me.” The telephone conversation was recorded by investigators.

At about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Rahim, 26, allegedly lunged at members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force with a foot-long military knife in a parking lot in the city’s Roslindale section and was fatally shot by them, authorities have said.

Wright, 25, made a brief appearance in US District Court in Boston Wednesday afternoon. Federal prosecutors said he posed a “serious risk of flight.” They argued that he should be held without bail. US Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley set a detention hearing for June 19.

Wright spoke loudly and clearly as he told Kelley that he understood the charge that he faced and his rights. He wore T-shirt and dark pants. Wright is such a large man that US Marshals needed two sets of handcuffs to cuff his wrists behind his back.

Several women identified by his lawyer as family members and friends sat in the courtroom but he did not look at them. One woman shook her head at seeing him in handcuffs. They would not comment outside the courthouse.

Wright’s lawyer spoke briefly to reporters. “My client, David Wright, was born in the Boston area. He’s spent his entire life in the Boston area,’’ Jessica Hedges said. “He has an incredibly supportive and loving family.’’

Hedges said she had concerns about government actions, but did not detail what they were.

“I would urge the government, the FBI, and law enforcement in investigating this case and related cases, be transparent as possible. And, in enforcing the law, abide by the law. We have serious concerns about that already.”

The FBI affidavit said federal agents had been investigating Rahim and Wright for several federal criminal offenses, “including terrorism offenses.”

The affidavit was filed in support of a charge against Wright of conspiring with Rahim to destroy evidence on Rahim’s smartphone to obstruct an investigation. The affidavit said it did not detail all the facts investigators know, only those needed to provide probable cause for the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.

An investigation by federal law enforcement agents, including members of the Boston task force, found Rahim had been “planning to engage in a violent attack in the United States,” the affidavit said...

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