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Homegrown Terrorist And Anti-Semite Emerson Begolly Sentenced

Twenty-four-year-old Emer­son Begolly was sen­tenced June 16 to more than eight years in prison for using the Inter­net to solicit oth­ers to com­mit ter­ror­ist attacks and weapons charges.emerson-begolly

Begolly, of New Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­va­nia, had been an active mem­ber of sev­eral jihadist forums, where he pon­tif­i­cated on a range of issues, often prais­ing acts of vio­lence and express­ing his “desire to be a martyr.”

Many of his mes­sages, posted on var­i­ous online plat­forms between 2008 and 2010, were explic­itly anti-Semitic, call­ing for the death of all Jews and encour­ag­ing oth­ers to tar­get syn­a­gogues, Jew­ish schools and day care centers.

In response to the Israeli naval oper­a­tion to stop a flotilla of ships en route to Gaza in May 2010, Begolly wrote and recorded a trib­ute to the “Activists Who were Mar­tyred, Wounded, and Impris­oned at the Hands of the Zion­ist Pigs.” The song, which is enti­tled “When the Jew’s blood reds my knife, then my life is free from strife,” threat­ens to “throw them [the Jews] in the ovens” and to “shoot and kill Jews one by one.begolly-ansar-forum

Begolly, described by author­i­ties as self-radicalized, pre­vi­ously posted sev­eral pic­tures of him­self on his MySpace page dressed as a Nazi.

As a mod­er­a­tor on the Ansar al-Mujahideen Eng­lish Forum (AMEF), a pop­u­lar jihadist forum where mem­bers post and exchange extrem­ist pro­pa­ganda, media, pub­li­ca­tions, infor­ma­tion and news, Begolly posted com­ments call­ing for attacks on U.S. tar­gets, “such as police sta­tions, post offices, syn­a­gogues, mil­i­tary facil­i­ties, train lines, bridges, cell phone tow­ers and water plants,” as well as “civil­ian planes, finan­cial insti­tu­tions… Jew­ish schools, and day­care centers.”

He used var­i­ous aliases online, includ­ing Asadul­lah Alshis­hani, Abu Nancy, Goat Lee and Goatly.  In Decem­ber 2010, writ­ing under one of his pseu­do­nyms, Begolly posted a 101-page instruc­tion man­ual on bomb-making. 

Begolly also com­mu­ni­cated with oth­ers by instant mes­sage. Some of these con­ver­sa­tions, which Fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tors were able to recover, demon­strate Begolly’s mil­i­tancy and big­otry. Dur­ing the recov­ered con­ver­sa­tions, Begolly said “if amer­ica were not at war with islam i would not hate it but i am angry.” He said that if he were to “act now,” he would “go down like [Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy] McVeigh” and asked “have you ever con­sid­ered shoot­ing up ur school­ing and tak­ing revenge on those who wronged u?” He also said “most broth­ers objected to tar­get­ing kids but the rea­son i am for it is because first they r easy tar­gets and sec­ond because the pub­lic will want a reaction…plz dont think im a psycho ;).”

Begolly was arrested on Jan­u­ary 4, 2011, and charged the next day with assault­ing FBI agents and pos­sess­ing a firearm dur­ing a crime of vio­lence. After two FBI agents approached Begolly, he allegedly reached for a con­cealed loaded gun in his jacket and bit both FBI offi­cers, draw­ing blood.

  • RJ

    What an utter loser! Many who have no life resort to hate to give them a pur­pose. How pathetic.

  • Ger­ald Bradley

    Rev­e­la­tion 2:9 I know thy works and tribulation,and poverty,(but thou art rich)and I know the blas­phemy of them which say they are Jews,and are not,but are the syn­a­gogue of Satan.