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Guardsman to Al-Qaida "I wish to meet with you, I share your cause"

In the first count, Anderson, also known as "Amir Abdul Rashid," is alleged to have attempted to provide information about U.S. Army troop strength, movements,
equipment, tactics and weapons systems, as well as methods of killing U.S. Army personnel and vulnerabilities of Army weapons systems and equipment.
National Guardsman Charged In Al-Qaida Internet Sting Operations

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Feb 19, 2004
Source: Agencies

A National Guardsman, 26 year old Spc. Ryan G. Anderson accused of attempting to share military intelligence with the al-Qaida by sharing information in internet chats rooms to authorities posing as al-Qaida operatives has been formally charged.

Anderson was charged Feb. 12 with three counts of violating the Uniform Military Code, but that information was not made public until Wednesday, Lt. Col. Stephen Barger said.

In each count, Anderson is accused of "attempting to
provide intelligence to the enemy" by disclosing
information or making contact with U.S. military
personnel "whom the accused thought were members of
the al-Qaida terrorist network."

The Army code specifies that attempts to aid the enemy
can be punished by death "or such other punishment as
a court-martial or military commission may direct."

The charges do not allege that Anderson ever actually
passed information to real al-Qaida members.

Anderson, 26, of Lynnwood, is a tank crew member from
the Fort Lewis-based 81st Armor Brigade. The 2002
Washington State University graduate converted to
Islam in college. He joined the Guard on May 15, 2002,
Barger said.

Barger refused to say whether the investigation was continuing or whether others might be involved. He also refused to discuss how Anderson's activities came to the Army's attention or how the Army set up the undercover sting that led to his arrest.

In the first count, Anderson, also known as "Amir Abdul Rashid," is alleged to have attempted to provide information about U.S. Army troop strength, movements,
equipment, tactics and weapons systems, as well as methods of killing U.S. Army personnel and vulnerabilities of Army weapons systems and equipment.

As part of that count, an alleged violation of Article
80 of the Uniform Military Code, Anderson is also
alleged to have communicated by "oral, written and
electronic communication" to the supposed "terrorists" that "I wish to meet with you, I share your cause, I
wish to continue contact through conversations and
personal meetings."

The second charge, alleging a violation of Article 104, alleges Anderson passed sketches of the M1A1 and M1A2 tanks as well as a computer disc with personal identifiers such as his passport photo, his weapons card and his military ID card.

The third charge, an alleged violation of Article 134,
alleges he "wrongfully and dishonorably" provided information on Army troop strength, movements and equipment.

A military defense lawyer has been appointed for
Anderson but Barger refused to identify the lawyer. Any questions for the lawyer must be passed along through Army spokesmen, Barger said, adding that neither Anderson nor his lawyer had any statement to make Wednesday. The alleged conduct occurred between Jan. 17 and Feb.10, the documents indicated.

Anderson, arrested Feb. 12, is being held at Fort
Lewis.
An old friend of mine went to school with him 20.Feb.2004 18:08

anon

He said he went to church with too. Small world huh. Oh yea, ever heard of the student who was arrested for planning to bomb cops and guardsman in Bellingham? Close to home folks.