Saturday, May 29, 2004

British Convert Pleads Guilty to Terror Plot

Here's yet another important story you probably won't see in the Big Media. Jack Roche is a convert to Islam on trial in Australia. He abruptly changed his plea last week.
The 50-year-old Englishman pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Australia in 2000 — a plot that was never carried out. He is to be sentenced Tuesday, and could face up to 25 years in jail.

Roche told the court the idea for the embassy attack came from al-Qaida; he said he also had pledged allegiance to Jemaah Islamiyah, an extremist group that seeks to create an Islamic state in Southeast Asia.
[This is the group responsible for the Bali bombing that killed 88 Australians.]

Roche said that in April 2000, when he had been a Jemaah Islamiyah member in Australia for two years, bin Laden's deputies assigned him to form an underground cell here by recruiting Australian Muslims. He also was told to plan the bombing of the embassy in Canberra, he said.

During his trial, Roche said the Sydney mosque where he went weekly was akin to bin Laden's office in Australia.
Terror groups around to world are linked together. They cooperate on projects. They share intelligence, people, and resources. This is a global war, not a political trick.

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