The memorable line in the old Verizon commercials is "Can you hear me now?"
But it could just as easily apply to prosecutors questioning a New Mexico judge who released five defendants on bail alleged to have trained children to initiate school shootings.
New Mexico State District Judge Sarah Backus sparked outrage when she allowed five adults — two men and three women — to remain free on bail, when they were found running a squalid compound that included 11 starving children and the remains of one dead one. "The state alleges that there was a big plan afoot, but the state hasn't shown to my satisfaction, by clear and convincing evidence, what that plan was," Backus said.
Prosecutors raised the ante exponentially Friday when they presented evidence that the defendants intended to attack "corrupt" American targets, including Atlanta's Grady Hospital, CNN reported.
The details were released in a 13-page motion filed Friday, asking the court to reconsider its prior order granting bail to the five adult suspects.
The children told investigators that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, and his partner, Lany Leveille, 35, intended to "confront corrupt institutions or individuals," among them the hospital, according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV 2 News.
In support of its motion, prosecutors referred to a handwritten, 10-page document uncovered at the compound, titled, "Phases of a Terrorist Attack."
It contained "instructions for 'The one-time terrorist,' instructions on the use of a 'choke point,' a location 'called the ideal attack site,' the 'ability to defend the safe haven,' the 'ability to escape-perimeter rings,' and 'sniper position detection procedure,'" the court filing said, per CNN.
In addition to the planned attacks, there is the death of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahha, whose remains were uncovered at the compound.
Law enforcement have charged the boy’s father, Wahha, along with Leveille for his death.
Prosecutors also alleged that a number of the children found at the compound told investigators that Morten allegedly "stated he wished to die in Jihad, as a martyr."
The court document said, "At times, Jany Leveille would laugh and joke about dying in Jihad as would Subhanna Wahhaj."
Other institutions that were targeted included "the military, big businesses, CIA, teachers/schools and reveal the 'truth' to these corrupt institutions or individuals," the document said.
And if they didn’t get the message, Siraj Wahhaj would "shoot or otherwise attack the non-believer."
But why a hospital? Leveille, in a journal, had "expressed her displeasure with Grady Hospital ... due to the treatment she and her mother received there."
CNN’s report of the filing received nearly 900 replies.
"These are the same extremists who were released on signature bonds despite the remains of a 3 year-old child being at their alleged terror compound?" asked American-born Iranian-Australian columnist and Islam critic Rita Panahi. "Sounds legit."
CNN tweeted, “The five adults living at a New Mexico compound where 11 starving children were found allegedly planned to attack a major hospital in Atlanta, court documents show.”
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk responded, "*Radical Islamic terrorists trained kids to shoot up schools at a remote compound, where a dead kid was also found, were released on bail and now walk within our society, also wanted to attack a hospital in Atlanta and show no remorse for their actions*
"There I fixed it for you."
Whether the judge was overcautious because of the group’s religious beliefs, or she genuinely believed she followed the law when she granted bail, she has a growing list of factors to consider:
- The remains of a three-year-old;
- Training children to initiate school massacres;
- A planned attack on a major metropolitan medical center; and,
- A desire to die in Jihad.
They all come down to one final question: "Can you hear us now?"
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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