Founder of Radical Islamic Website That Praised Osama bin Laden Gets 2½ Years

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The founder of a radical Islamic website that praised figures like Osama bin Laden and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for using the site to threaten Jewish groups.

Yousef al-Khattab, 45, of Atlantic City, N.J., who converted from Judaism, started the Revolution Muslim website in 2007.

Al-Khattab admitted posting articles encouraging readers to take unspecified action against Jewish leaders and publishing names and addresses of Jewish leaders and synagogues.

Prosecutors say numerous people who have been convicted of terrorism-related offenses were readers of Revolution Muslim.

Defense lawyers say it is conjecture to assume people were inspired to plot attacks by reading Revolution Muslim. They acknowledged that al-Khattab crossed a line by urging confrontation, but said he was trying to exercise his free-speech rights.

The 30-month sentence given Friday to al-Khattab in U.S. District court was slightly less than the three-year term sought by prosecutors. Al-Khattab’s lawyer asked for a one-year sentence.

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