nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Ramirez (E.D. Pa. Mar. 8, 2011) (guilty plea – material support, conpsiracy to kill, false statements, id theft)

March 10, 2011

* United States v. Ramirez (E.D. Pa. Mar. 8, 2011) (guilty plea – material support, conpsiracy to kill, false statements, id theft)

The plea agreement is attached. The press release is excerpted below:

WASHINGTON – Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 32, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Colorado, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Ramirez faces a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing.

Ramirez was first charged in a superseding indictment filed in April 2010, along with co-defendant Colleen R. LaRose, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Montgomery County, Pa. On Feb. 1, 2011, LaRose, aka “JihadJane, aka “Fatima LaRose,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft.

According to documents filed with the court, Ramirez, LaRose and others conspired to obtain military-style training in South Asia and then traveled to and around Europe to participate in and in support of violent jihad.

In a series of electronic communications dated July 19, 2009, one co-conspirator (identified as CC#2 in the superseding indictment) directed another to recruit online “some brothers that can travel freely . . . with eu passports . . . [A]nd I also need some sisters too.” The co-conspirator further explained that “sister fatima will be in charge of other sister care. . . .[W]e have already organized everything for her. . . . [W]e are will[ing] to die in order to protect her no matter what the risk is.”

Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages with LaRose during the summer of 2009, in which LaRose invited Ramirez to join her in Europe to attend a training camp. For example, on Aug. 1, 2009, LaRose sent electronic communications to Ramirez stating that “soon i will be moving to Europe to be with other brothers & sisters . . . . when i get to europe, i will send for you to come be with me there . . . . [T]his place will be like a training camp as well as a home.”

In electronic communications dated on or about August 7, 2009, CC #2 recruited another individual to find brothers and sisters to go to a “camp for [military-style] training . . . and th[e]n come back to europe to do the job . . . . [T]he job is to [k]nock down some individual[s] that are harming islam.” CC#2 goes on to explain that he is structuring “an ORGANIZATION” divided into a “plan[n]ing team . . . research team . . . action team . . . recruitment team . . . finance team.”

Ramirez accepted LaRose’s invitation to travel to Europe and asked to bring along her minor male child. On Sept, 12, 2009, Ramirez traveled to Ireland with her child with the intent to live and train with jihadists. The day after she arrived in Ireland, Ramirez married CC#2, whom she had never before met in person, in an Islamic ceremony, knowing and intending that her presence in Europe, her marriage to CC#2 and her future actions would provide support for the conspiracy.

Plea Memo – Paulin-Ramirez.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw reminder: terrific opportunity for students interested in national security and the law

March 10, 2011

The folks organizing the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security have asked me to send out a reminder about the program. It really does look like a great opportunity. Here’s the original announcement:

From: Robert Chesney
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2011 9:46 PM
Subject: terrific opportunity for students interested in national security and the law

* Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security (Columbia Law, July 31st to August 9)

This is going to be really cool. Please pass this along to any students who might be interested (see the attached flyer as well).

The Tikvah Fund and the Hertog Foundation, two private foundations, are sponsoring the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security, which will take place under the auspices of Columbia Law School from July 31 to August 9. The Institute will offer 20 to 25 law and other graduate students an intensive program of study and discussion focusing on the complex intersection of two fundamental Western principles: the need for national security and adherence to the rule of law. The Institute’s website is at The Institute’s flyer, which appears on the website, is attached here for ease of reference.

The program will be led by Philip Bobbitt of Columbia. The other core faculty members will be Jack Goldsmith of Harvard, Sam Rascoff of NYU, and Gabriella Blum of Harvard. Students will spend each morning with core faculty studying texts on the issues of domestic and international law that arise when a liberal society faces heightened threats to its national security.

In the afternoons, students and core faculty will be joined by an extremely interesting group of outside scholars and policymakers, whose names appear on the website, for further discussion of the issues raised in the morning sessions.

The program is open to law students, including those who are about to enter or have just graduated from law school, and to graduate students in related fields. Students will be provided with meals and lodging at Columbia Law School. The program is free, and each student who is accepted will receive a stipend of $1,000.

In sum, the Institute will provide an excellent experience and a good deal for those students who are up to the program’s demands.

Tikvah Law Flyer.pdf