Another Muslim “student” from abroad has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison. This time, it is a 22-year-old native of Uzbekistan, one of the many “stan” countries northeast of Iran and south of Russia. He landed in the United States June 19, 2009 on a student visa, but became an illegal alien because he did not leave the country when the government revoked his visa after learning he did not re-enroll in school.
Ulugbek Kodirov’s crime? He threatened to kill the president — four times.
Committed to Jihad
Kodirov’s plan for mayhem began in July 2011 when he met with FBI informants in Birmingham, Alabama, with a plea for help in assassinating President Barack Obama. He sought rifles and explosives and hoped to kill Obama with a sniper shot.
His journey to federal prison began with conversations he had on the Internet. In early July 2011, the plea states, the Muslim “student” began conversations with an individual he met on the Internet that eventually evolved into conversations on the telephone. He told the individual, known as Individual 1 in the plea, that he knew a person called “the Emir,” who is a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The State Department has designated the group a terrorist organization.
Kodirov told Individual 1 that the Emir wanted to kill President Obama and that the Emir asked Kodirov to do it. The plea states:
KODIROV discussed with Individual #1 possible ways to kill President Obama, including shooting the President from a long distance using a sniper rifle.
On Sunday, July 10, 2011, KODIROV sent a YouTube message to Individual #1, which contained several links to web pages about long-range sniper rifles, including .50 caliber sniper rifles. Later that same day, KODIROV called Individual #1 and they talked for about an hour. During that conversation, KODIROV asked Individual #1 if he had seen the web links to the sniper rifles. KODIROV asked if it was possible to shoot President Obama from a long distance using these weapons.
KODIROV became disheartened when he learned how expensive the sniper rifles were. They also talked about KODIROV not having the training necessary to make a long distance shot. KODIROV said that if using the sniper rifle was not an option, then KODIROV could shoot the President from a closer distance when the President was in public. KODIROV said that he did not care if he got shot and killed, so long as he killed President Obama. Late on the evening of Monday, July 11, 2011, Individual #1 called KODIROV and told him he wanted to come to Birmingham to meet him.
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Photos: (Left) A photo provided by the Shelby County, Ala., Sheriff's Dept. shows 22-year-old Ulegbek Kodirov, who is scheduled for a hearing Feb. 10, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.: AP Images; (right) White House portrait of President Obama