Eric Harroun, Phoenix Vet Who Fought Syrian Regime, Suddenly Gets a Sweet Plea Deal

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Eric Harroun (right).
Last week, 30-year-old Phoenix native Eric Harroun faced a possible sentence of life in prison after the Justice Department accused him of fighting in Syria on behalf of Al-Qaeda.

Amid doubt about those allegations, Harroun suddenly agreed to a plea deal yesterday, and his sentence is quite a bit shorter than life in prison -- he'll be released from jail, be placed on probation for three years, and has to pay a $100 fine.

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Nearly all of the relevant documents in the case surrounding the new plea agreement are sealed. The original charges Harroun was arrested on, supporting a terrorist organization and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, have been dropped. Harroun pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to violate the laws of the United States related to transfer and control of defense articles and services."

See, months before politicians like President Obama and Senator John McCain started calling for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Harroun, an Army veteran, was arrested for fighting that same regime.

In 2003, Harroun had been honorably discharged from the Army after sustaining some sort of brain injury in a car accident. It's unclear the extent of his injury, although his attorney has said he suffers from headaches and memory loss.

At some point after that, Harroun developed an interest in the Middle East, and the FBI was aware that Harroun started traveling around the region. Court filings from federal prosecutors suggest Harroun may have participated in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, a citizen uprising involving many types of people, representing many causes.

The FBI apparently watched Harroun a lot more closely when he went to Syria in January of this year and started fighting against the Assad regime, alongside the Free Syrian Army.

Harroun didn't really make a secret of this, as he posted videos and updates on social-media websites. In one, Harroun says, "Bashar Al-Assad, your days are numbered . . . Where[ver] you go, we will find you and kill you." He did media interviews, too.

Amid all this, Harroun voluntarily submitted to interviews with the FBI four times.


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ezrapoundsghost
ezrapoundsghost

Need we any more proof that "al Qaeda" is and always has been a hoax controlled by the US and Israeli governments?  McCain, Graham, this al Qaeda terrorist and any other American who thinks we should use the US military help al Qaeda in Syria by attack Assad should be tried, convicted and executed for treason. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I will begin by saying that Mr Harroun is no idealist, but a stupid idiot who got in over his head. It is also true that the U.S. Attorney settled for probation and time served due to the simple fact that he doesn't know whether Harroun fought alongside an Al-Kaida affiliated group. Truth is, U.S. intel doesn't really know who are the good rebels and who are the bad rebels. And even if he was among good rebels, they could become bad in an instant. Remember the Mujahadeen who we were supporting during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Well, I'm here to tell you that they are now known as the Taliban. Regardless of all that, I'm all for swatting Harroun. Anyone who does what he did, no matter what motivated them, has no business fighting for anything but the USA. Now we need to redouble our efforts to capture, try and execute Adam Gadahn aka Al-Amriki (the American). Even though I'm opposed to capital punishment, I would gladly stick the needle in his arm.

MAGNUMPI
MAGNUMPI

Told you he still worked for the government.  You Media morons don't comprehend anything.

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