An ISIS-supporting Arizona man who was arrested after a dramatic confrontation with a police officer is asking a judge to release him from jail before his trial on charges of aggravated assault and terrorism.
Ismail Hamed initiated a dramatic confrontation with a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy after making a call to the deputy in which he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. After a police officer arrived at his location in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Hamed began throwing rocks at the officer and brandishing a knife. He was shot by the officer after approaching him, and entered police custody after receiving treatment at an area hospital.
The entire shocking incident and Hamed’s phone call to the police in which he pledged allegiance to ISIS were caught on tape. Watch here:
“I’m owing my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria… I just want a cop to come real quick, and I want to deal with them.”
Now, Hamed’s attorney Mark Mendoza is asking an Arizona judge to release the 18-year old man, who was previously a high school student, from jail. He claimed that Hamed is having a difficult time in jail. “During his incarceration [Hamed] has endured many difficulties being away from his family, including isolation, stress/anxiety, and harassment from others in the jail,” the lawyer claimed in a court filing.
It’s unsurprising that some of Arizona’s jail inmates might not take too kindly to an ISIS sympathizer in their midsts, but it’s a bit alarming that Hamed’s lawyers think he’s going to receive a ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card after orchestrating a poorly thought through terrorist plot. It’s possible Hamed’s plot was devised with the hopes of achieving martyrdom, but now the highly disturbed young man will face a lengthy prison sentence instead.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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