a Canadian Minor with Mental Illness
- was entrapped by FBI with help from RCMP knowing he was a minor with bipolar disorder, substance abuse and depression
- was denied his choice of legal counsel and pressured to plead guilty
- was sentenced to 40 years and is detained in solitary confinement
en·trap·ment : when a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a crime that they would otherwise have been unlikely or unwilling to commit.
was a minor
when we was pulled into online chat groups
suffers from bipolar disorder
substance abuse, depression, and was being treated by CAMH
was entrapped by the FBI
with the help of the RCMP, knowing he was vulnerable from his his mental illness
was denied his own legal counsel
and his appointed public defender pressured him to plead guilty
was sentenced to 40 years
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Was Abdulrahman really a 17-year-old Time Square Terrorist?
Everything about Abdulrahman’s story challenges the essence of the prosecution’s case and the media narrative.
- Who was he? Abdulrahman was a 17 year old minor and had no criminal or violent history. He suffered from bipolar disorder, depression, and substance abuse. He was a patient at CAMH.
- How did this start? When Abdulrahman was working on a school project about Islamic history and Caliphates, he stumbled across online group chats with extremists. According to doctors, Abdulrahman’s most consistent tendency was to fixate compulsively on certain topics.
- Who influenced him? He was influenced and instructed by undercover FBI law enforcement. Abdulrahman was indoctrinated and taken advantage of to conspire on a bomb plot in New York. The FBI and the RCMP knew he had mental disorder as they accessed his CAMH files.
- Could he possible have planned a terrorist attack? Abdulrahman was not willing and had no disposition to commit the crime. The undercover law enforcement designed the plot, walked him through simple actions that collecively could be prosecuted as conspiracy. Essentiallty the FBI agent influenced Abdulrahman into committing a crime that he would not have done otherwise.
- But why did he go to the United States? He had no means to travel to the United States by himself. His parents stored his passport. He did not own a drivers license. His parents decided to go on a family vacation as they waited for his delayed appointment with a Canadian psychologist.
“What makes this story even more disturbing is that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) knowingly participated in this sting with the FBI. They unlawfully obtained Abdulrahman’s medical records that described his mental health vulnerabilities and provided them to the FBI to better manipulate this damaged youth.
This raises serious human rights concerns of discriminatory investigations, targeting vulnerable youths such as Abdulrahman, who had no previous history of violence or criminality, until drawn in by a U.S. government actively involved in developing the plot, persuading and pressuring the target to participate.”
What you need to know about Abdulrahman
His Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Was Why He Was Targeted
Abdulrahman suffered from severe bipolar disorder which is a physical illness that affects the brain. He was diagnosed with mania (wired thinking and behaviors that negatively affect one’s ability to function).
His disorder included episodes of depression. It caused him to fixate compulsively on certain topics, referred to it as ‘looping’: when the brain circles back to an idea repeatedly. This symptom led Abdulrahman to online chat groups and eventually his entrapment.
He was Entrapped by FBI with Help from RCMP knowing he was Suffering from Bipolar Disorder
While his mental illness was at a standstill, his psychiatric and addiction history left Abdulrahman vulnerable to being radicalized and entrapped. He immersed himself in a chat room, unaware he was being targeted by undercover FBI agents posing as ISIS recruiters. The agents engaged Abdulrahman in radical discussions and instructed him through steps to ship simple materials that could be used to prosecute him for conspiracy of terrorism.
His trial had Serious Due Process Violations and his Case Is Being Appealed For Reversal
On November 14, 2019, Abdulrahman’s lawyers appealed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York’s conviction upon his plea of guilty to the 7 charges that led to Judge Berman’s 40-year imprisonment sentence.
The appeal argues against the Court’s dismissal of Abdulrahman’s choice of representation and the unreasonable sentence of 40 years without any consideration for his mental disorder.
US: Terrorism Prosecutions Often An Illusion
“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US.”
“But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”
of 40 years in Solitary Confinement
Drive for his parents to visit him
Bring Abdulrahman Home to His Mom
Abdul was a dear friend of mine. We met in CAMH, and continued our friendship right up until I was admitted again. When I was discharged, I tried to find him to talk to him, but I couldn’t get ahold of him. I saw on the news what had happened. Abdul is a wonderful man who needs help, not to be forgotten in a cell. He comforted me in my darkest hour, and I wish I could find a way to help him. Abdul is not a monster, he is a human, and was a child when this all happened. I’ve been following his story very closely, and the most important thing I can see about his case is that this man needs to be near his family. The Canadian Government needs to fight harder to get our citizen back. Abdul needs our support. To Abdul‘s family: you are in my thoughts every day, as is your son. This is not justice, this is corruption.
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"What makes this story even more disturbing is that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) knowingly participated in this sting with the FBI. They unlawfully obtained Abdulrahman’s medical records that described his mental health vulnerabilities and provided them to the FBI to better manipulate this damaged youth.
This raises serious human rights concerns of discriminatory investigations, targeting vulnerable youths such as Abdulrahman, who had no previous history of violence or criminality, until drawn in by a U.S. government actively involved in developing the plot, persuading and pressuring the target to participate."