Tuesday was a good day for the Department of Justice as it secured convictions in two terrorism cases.
In New York, a jury convicted Oussam Kassir on all 11 counts against him, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing that support.
Prosecutors say Kassir created "a jihad training camp in Bly, Oregon" to prepare fighters to go to Afghanistan and help Al Qaida. He also operated web sites that featured instructional material on making bombs and poison:
"As used by the conspirators in this case, the term "jihad" meant defending Islam against its enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, through murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands."
Kassir is scheduled to be sentenced in September. Two co-conspirators are in custody in England and awaiting extradition to face trial. Read more about the verdict here and here.
In Miami, meanwhile, a jury convicted five men of conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaida. A sixth defendant was acquitted in this trial and another acquitted in the first mistrial. The "Liberty City Six" verdict came after two mistrials and tremendous criticism of the government case. The defendants pledged "bayat," or a loyalty oath to Osama bin Laden, and discussed blowing up an FBI office in South Florida and the Sears Tower in Chicago.
An informant posed as an Al Qaeda operative and discussed obtaining weapons and other supplies with the defendants. Critics of the case questioned whether the men were capable of acting on their threatening talk.
Sentencing is scheduled for July. Read more about the Miami verdicts here and here.
Armchair quarterbacks and supporters of accused terror suspects delight in prosecutions that end in mistrials and acquittals. The perseverance of prosecutors and law enforcement officials warrants praise and recognition of their success.