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NJ Man Arrested for Trying to Join Al Shabaab After Oct 7 via Egypt Now CISOs Named

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY EXCLUSIVE, May 20– A man who left New Jersey to try to join Al Shabaab, inspired or triggered by the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and its aftermath, argued to be released on bail on December 29 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court.

Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag court, and live tweeted, thread:

KARREM NASR, a US citizen, was taken into custody in Nairobi, Kenya on Dec 14, 2023 and was transported to the US yesterday.   Nasr is led in by US Marshals.

Judge: You were unemployed when you went overseas? Nasr: I left my job. Judge: You have $1700 in savings and some community college? Nasr: Yes. AUSA: We seek detention. 

Judge: I would have to speak with the parents. FD: I want a decision today. 

 AUSA: Even with Internet restriction, he could see the Hamas Israel war in the newspapers, they are still a thing.

 Judge: These are terrorism charges... You chose jihad over studying. I order you detained. 

A preliminary hearing was set for January 12.

But the day before, on January 11, 2024, Nasr's case was indicted and assigned to District Judge Analisa Torres.

On January 17, Nasr was arraigned and pleaded not guilty - not before Judge Torres, but rather sitting Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker, with Speedy Trial Act time excluded until January 31...

On April 24, the US Attorney's Office opposed Nasr's bid for bail, now quoting him tweeting against "a post announcing the birth of a gay couple's son via surrogate" by stating, "and this is why we fly jets into skyscrapers."

On May 20, the US Attorney's Office wrote to Judge Torres nominated Classified Information Security Officer and alternates.

The case is US v. Nasr, 24-cr-19 (Torres)

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