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February 9, 2012 0

Younes Abdullah Muhammad Pleads Guilty to Threatening “South Park” Creators

Update: On June 22, 2012, Muham­mad was sen­tenced to 11.5 years in prison.

Younes Abdul­lah Muham­mad, co-founder of the fringe extrem­ist Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim, pleaded guilty on Thurs­day for his role in threat­en­ing the cre­ators of the car­toon “South Park.” 

Muham­mad (a.k.a. Jesse Cur­tis Mor­ton) was arrested by Moroc­can author­i­ties in May 2011 after being charged in the U.S. with com­mu­ni­cat­ing online threats. His threats tar­geted Matt Stone and Trey Parker for their satir­i­cal depic­tion of the Prophet Muham­mad in an episode of their car­toon. In Octo­ber he was placed into Amer­i­can cus­tody and brought before a fed­eral judge in Vir­ginia to face charges.
 
Muham­mad helped Zachary Chesser, who was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison on a sim­i­lar charge, draft a state­ment con­tain­ing lan­guage jus­ti­fy­ing “the death of those who insult Islam or defame its prophet…” The state­ment was issued on behalf of Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim in response to the national atten­tion gar­nered by Chesser after he threat­ened the “South Park” cre­ators on a num­ber of online platforms.
 
Under Muhammad’s lead­er­ship, Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim dis­trib­uted anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist pro­pa­ganda at its street protests and online, which often included implicit and explicit threats of vio­lence. The group was active mostly in New York until the end of 2010, when Muham­mad moved to Morocco. Cur­rently, it oper­ates under the name Islam Pol­icy.
 
Muham­mad, who has a long his­tory of jus­ti­fy­ing vio­lence against any­one he views as an enemy of Islam, served as Rev­o­lu­tion Muslim’s most pro­lific writer. In addi­tion to his var­i­ous posts on the group’s web­site, he con­tributed to Jihad Rec­ol­lec­tions, an online Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine cre­ated by Samir Khan. Khan, who is bet­ter known for edit­ing Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Peninsula’s (AQAP) English-language mag­a­zine, Inspire, was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2011, two years after he moved to Yemen to align him­self with Al Qaeda.
 
In the inau­gural issue of Jihad Rec­ol­lec­tions, released in April 2009, Muham­mad expressed sup­port for Al Qaeda, writ­ing that the Sep­tem­ber 11 ter­ror­ist attacks “…were, for the most part, pos­i­tive and the results even bet­ter than expected.” He also called on like-minded Mus­lims to “exploit these results and advance the jihad… It is time to begin to think about the nec­es­sary next steps that must pred­i­cate the con­quer­ing of Rome.”

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