He visited Pakistan and played paintball in America––once.
The court said this was a “conspiracy to conspire.”
In 2001, Masoud, a newlywed, met a group of young Muslims who attended a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. They played
recreational paintball in the woods, fired legally owned firearms on a firing range, and discussed international politics and the
obligations of Muslims to defend their faith. Masoud played paintball only once and was never a part of their group. In September, he
was summoned to Pakistan by the High Court to appear for his father's estate matters. While there, he toured a village in Lahore, which was established for the weak and orphaned. This very village had been under scrutiny by politicians as anything other than a
mere little village and designated it as a training camp instead. The United States; designation of this place as a training camp took place well after he returned to the United States of America. As such, Masoud Khan had been unjustly targeted as participating in this camp which was far from the truth.
Masoud Khan never planned any violent activity or attacked anyone, and at the time LET was not considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. Masoud returned to America, and in 2003 was arrested and charged not with terrorism but for conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Acts––obscure, rarely enforced laws that make it a crime for Americans to attack a country (in this case, India) with which the United States is at peace. Other Muslims from the Virginia paintball group were also arrested; thus Masoud was charged for associating with people who were “conspiring to conspire”––planning to make a plan––although the FBI conceded that the government had no evidence of specifc plots against the U.S. at home or abroad, and said that “a lot of this is about preemption.” Masoud, who was unable to testify at trial, was convicted. The judge stated that she had no choice under the law but to sentence him to life without parole, and that “I have sentenced al-Qaeda members who were planning real attacks on these shores for far less time…this is sticking in my craw.”
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