Egyptian immigrant, naturalized U.S. citizen- Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal convicted Islamic extremist

December 19, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Egyptian immigrant, naturalized U.S. citizen- Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal convicted Islamic extremist


Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal, 48, a suburban Phoenix man, an Arizona resident, is an Egyptian immigrant, naturalized U.S. citizen. He was charged in August 2015 with providing and conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, as well as aiding and abetting the receipt of military training from ISIS. According to authorities, Gammal facilitated the travel of Samy El-Goarany, a 24-year-old New York college student, to Syria to “obtain military training from [ISIS].” Prosecutors have said that by allegedly facilitating Goarany’s travel to Syria, Gammal delivered “human ammunition” to the terror group.* Gammal pled not guilty to the charges, but was convicted in late January 2017. Upon finding him guilty, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara referred to Gammal as an “ambassador” for ISIS. In a statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara cheered the verdict. “Once again, we have shown that terrorists and terrorist enablers can be brought to justice fairly, openly and swiftly in the crown jewel of our justice system — civilian courts,” Bharara said.

Overwhelming evidence presented by prosecutors included details such as in April 2014, El Gammal was an outspoken online supporter of ISIS and ISIS’s Caliphate, or Islamic government, in Syria. Among other things, El Gammal announced on social media that he was “with” “[t]he State of Iraq and the Levant,” referring to ISIS; celebrated ISIS’s achievements in battle and announcement of the establishment of a Caliphate; proclaimed that he “support[s] jihad everywhere”; and declared that “[b]eheadings have a magical effect.” El Gammal additionally announced that “[i]f Daesh [i.e., ISIS] gets to Egypt, I will go join them, so I can torture the Egyptians, and whip them.”

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York made the announcement  that Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal was sentenced to 12 years in prison for providing and conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, aiding and abetting the receipt of military-type training from ISIS, and conspiring to receive such training. A jury convicted El Gammal of these charges on Jan. 30, 2017, following a three-week trial. In addition to the prison term, El Gammal was sentenced to 3 years’ supervised release.


ISIS’ mastery of social media in its initial swath of victories in 2014 has created a dangerous model that is likely to be mimicked by future groups, said military futurist Peter Singer, who wrote about the prominent role online campaigns will have in future conflicts in his new book, “Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media.”

This so-called Jihad 3.0 is a war in which law enforcement agencies need to predict and prevent online radicalization of targeted young minds. “They are very adept at targeting a young audience,” said Mr. John Horgan, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell who has long studied terrorism. “There’s an urgency: ‘Be part of something that’s bigger than yourself and be part of it now.'” At present countries battling online wars approach has been waging a “cyber counter-offensive”. When ISIS sympathizers accounts are blocked, new ones appear immediately. It also uses services like JustPaste to publish battle summaries, SoundCloud to release audio reports, Instagram to share images and WhatsApp to spread graphics and videos. The ISIS is online jihad 3.0. Dozens of Twitter accounts spread its message, and it has posted some major speeches in seven languages. Like the Hydra, ISIS has many heads: net-war; terrorism; and insurgency. And like the Hydra, it has proven to be resilient and difficult to defeat.


“What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” The war on Islamic Terrorism is both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas. One weakness that is apparent in ISIS recruitment plan is that it is dependent on the internet for recruitment and is becoming more dependent on it for training as the U.S. continues to interdict its training camps in the uncontrolled areas of the world. A media campaign to propagate values of freedom, human rights and the dignity and equality of every human being that democracies offer, along with mix of technological advancements that cave fear into the hearts of terrorists might very well be the right mix to avert online radicalization.

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iCognative can accurately detect terrorists and criminals, even before they strike, by detecting the record of terrorist crimes, training, and planning stored in their brains. In the current case, FBI agents can utilize this technology to uncover other aspects of the case such as: who supported Gammal; what were the plans that he had; what is the role of person El Gammal contacted (Aboualala) in Turkey; how is the money arranged for purchase of weapons; who are other sympathizers in the US; what other things his family members (who lied to the FBI) are aware of; what method and technique El Gammal used to recruit Goarany; etc. all such unanswered questions can help federal agents get to the bottom of the problem. iCognative can play a vital role in support of the investigators to weed out home-grown or lone-wolves radicalized online. iCognative test can be conducted on all people associated with this investigation as it is non-invasive and supports human rights. This avant-garde scientific technological innovation, called iCognative, serves as an answer for desperate need of a scientific technology to detect those who plan, orchestrate, fund, or perpetrate terrorist crimes. It accomplishes this by scientifically detecting the record of the planning or perpetration of terrorism and other crimes stored in the brains of terrorists and criminals. iCognative accurately detects perpetrators, and masterminds who have left no physical trace of their involvement. It can detect terrorists, members of a sleeper cell, terrorist masterminds, and terrorist plans, even before the terrorists strike.   It detects other criminals in the same way.

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Source: USDOJ

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