The very group of people that we should not be going soft on. Wonder what he is planning on doing in the 5 years he gets out?
An ISIS fanatic who wished his followers a ‘Happy 9/11’ and posted 8,000 tweets glorifying the terror group and encouraging jihad has been jailed for five years.
Mohammed Ameen, 23, used 42 Twitter handles and 16 different accounts to express his support for ISIS between May and October last year.
Photos of Ameen holding a large knife with Arabic writing on the blade were found on his phone, and videos of him preaching on the streets of London had been uploaded online, the Old Bailey heard.
The security guard pleaded guilty last month to five counts of encouraging terrorism and one count of support for a proscribed organisation.
Ameen, of Dagenham, east London, also pleaded guilty to one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, relating to a video called For The Sake Of Allah, posted on Twitter last September.
The court heard he sent tweets celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New York.
One read: ‘£TheMagnificent19 May you all get accepted in the highest ranks and multiply your kind! £Happy 911’.
An image was posted of a statement which read: ‘When we descend on the streets of London, Paris and Washington the taste will be far bitterer, because not only will we spill your blood, but we will also demolish your statues, erase your history and, most painfully, convert your children who will go on to champion our name and curse their forefathers.’
Ameen tweeted a picture of Mohammed Emwazi – known as Jihadi John – in a black face mask holding out a knife. Another tweet read: ‘Your 7/7 is our 24/7’.
Prosecutor Christopher Amis QC told the court it ‘perhaps gives an insight into the defendant’s mindset’.
He said: ‘The tweets, looked at individually or when taken as a whole, amount to a sustained effort indirectly to encourage others to engage in terrorism.
‘There is, with one exception, no explicit encouragement. Mr Ameen does not direct or invite the reader to engage in acts which would constitute terrorism.
‘However the messages clearly constitute indirect encouragement in that they glorify acts of terrorism and those involved in them and they encourage the emulation of this conduct.’
He added: ‘There are tweets which celebrate acts of terrorism by ISIL (ISIS). The tweets encourage the emulation of terrorist actions.
‘The tweets also portray those who engage in such terrorist action as role models.’
Ameen’s home was first raided by police in December 2013, when they found a one way ticket from Luton to Istanbul, Mr Amis said.
Mr Amis said: ‘He didn’t travel to Istanbul on that occasion. It is thought the intervention of police caused him to alter his plans.’