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Antisemite Convicted on Terrorism Charges Becomes Changed Man – A Drug Dealer

Meet Kevin James:

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Sorry, wrong one.

Kevin aka Ahmed Binyamin Alasiri was jailed for conspiring to attack US military and Jewish targets in Southern California – presumably because he was “legitimately criticizing the state of Israel.” But he left prison a changed man – from terrorist to drug dealer.

An Orange County, California, man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Monday for selling methamphetamine to an undercover FBI employee while he was on supervised release following a 2009 terrorism conviction.

Ahmed Binyamin Alasiri, 45, of Garden Grove received a 15-year, eight-month sentence from U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney as well as a two-year sentence for violating the terms of his supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California. The two sentences will run concurrently.

Alasiri pleaded guilty in October to one count of distribution of methamphetamine, prosecutors said, the most recent case in a criminal history that stretches back over three decades.

According to a sentencing memo filed March 14, Alasiri sold 1.7 kilograms of meth to an undercover FBI employee on three occasions about a year after he was released from prison on the terrorism charge.

In 2007, Alasiri, who was known at the time as Kevin Lamar James, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to levy war against the United States government through terrorism, according to a criminal complaint for the meth case, which was filed Aug. 20, 2020.

“Alasiri admitted to conspiring with others to engage in violence against the governments of the United States and Israel by attacking targets in Southern California associated with the U.S. military and the Jewish religion,” the complaint stated.

His co-conspirators robbed gas stations to raise money for attacks Alasari planned on U.S. military operations and Israeli and Jewish facilities in Southern California, prosecutors said.

In 2009, Carney sentenced Alasiri to 16 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to the complaint. U.S. Bureau of Prisons records showed that he served the last five years at the “supermax” federal prison in Florence, Colo., which has held prisoners such as Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Alasiri was released to a halfway house in Garden Grove in 2019 to serve his three years of supervised release, and he “immediately began violating rules, ultimately resulting in court-ordered enhanced supervised release conditions,” according to the memo.

On Nov. 7, 2019, the Orange County Superior Court granted his petition to formally change his name to Ahmed Binyamin Alasiri, the complaint stated.

On July 24, 2020, Alasiri sold the undercover buyer 430 grams of meth for $3,700, prosecutors said. The second sale, in which he sold the buyer 435 grams of meth for $3,700, occurred on Aug. 6 that year.

As an aside, I find it odd he would choose to make ‘Binyamin’ his middle name. I assume he is no fan of Netanyahu’s.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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