Supporting a terror group is inexcusable.
Doing it twice is unforgiveable.
A woman from New Jersey who served as what amounted to as a double-agent for the terror group ISIS has been sentenced in Brooklyn for providing it with material support. Again.
By: Lisette Mangano
In 2016, Sinmyah Amera Ceasar was locked up, and 12 months later admitted her guilt, for giving material support to ISIS, according to officials.
The woman reportedly signed a cooperation agreement with the federal government following the sentencing – then, according to the New York Post quoting prosecutors, privately went on supporting the murderous group.
As government witness Dr. Lorenzo Vivilo, the director of the program of extremism at George Washington University testified in court, “She played two main roles, which I would characterize as a disseminator and a connector… She connects them with people who are ISIS members. My assessment is that she retains the mindset of ISIS.”
“Ceasar shared propaganda on social media,” the Post reported, “and then would vet those interested and vouch for them to fellow terror supporters. She was re-arrested and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in March.”
The question of dealing with ISIS members and supporters is a global one, currently under intense debate. Just today, the U.N.’s human rights chief said there were “only two options for dealing with the tens of thousands of suspected ISIS fighters currently detained in Syria and Iraq: They must be either tried or let go, and their families cannot be detained indefinitely,” reported NPR. “Some 55,000 suspected ISIS fighters and their family members have been swept up and detained since ISIS was effectively toppled and lost control of its territory, the U.N. says.”
“It must be clear that all individuals who are suspected of crimes — whatever their country of origin, and whatever the nature of the crime — should face investigation and prosecution, with due process guarantees,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said. She also warned that flawed trials “can only serve the narrative of grievance and revenge. And the continuing detention of individuals not suspected of crimes, in the absence of lawful basis and regular independent judicial review, is not acceptable.”
She continued, “I strongly encourage member states to act in line with the guidance note prepared by my Office, in consultation with other UN entities, regarding human rights-based responses to the situation of foreign fighters and their families. I urge all States to assume responsibility for their nationals, and to work together to provide resources to help the relevant authorities and actors in Syria and Iraq to address urgent humanitarian needs.”
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