Nicholas Rovinski and his two coreligionists, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim and Daoud Wright, plotted to behead me for violating the speech laws under Islam. En route to jihad slaughter, Rahim was killed after he was stopped for questioning in Boston and threatened officers with a large knife.
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It is impossible to overstate the devastation that Daoud Wright has brought to my life and that of members of my family. Not only did he target me for a brutal, cruel and violent death, but he targeted family members, and this will not even be over with his sentencing.
Daoud Wright wanted to kill me over my First Amendment right, free speech – speech he was indoctrinated to think was an immense evil by his violent and absolutist belief system and ideology. There has been no indication that he has given up these beliefs. If he says he has, his sincerity cannot be taken for granted, as deception is part of his twisted beliefs. Thus there is no assurance that anyone can possibly give me that if he is released from prison at any time in the future, that he would not resume his quest to kill me and my relatives.
Therefore Daoud Wright should be given the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Not only has Daoud Wright made it impossible for me to live a normal life. Not only has he forced me to spend tens of thousands of dollars on security measures in my home, guards when I appear in public, and numerous other precautions. He terrorized our lives. He has caused me and my relatives physical and emotional distress, as well as the crippling financial costs required as a result of his mass murder plot.
All that is bad enough, but there is more. This will never end for me, and so it should never end for Daoud Wright.
If he gets out, my family members and I will be in new danger. If he doesn’t get out, others who share his violent creed could easily decide to take up where he left off, and finish the job he was not able to finish. Wright could even incite them and encourage them from prison.
All this has happened to me because I dared to stand up for the freedom of speech against violent intimidation. I urge the court to do the same thing: to show that the court is aware that the freedom of speech is the foundation of every free society, and that we take violent acts intended to suppress speech not just as the crime of one or two or three individuals, but as a challenge to the very foundations of our society and to basic principles of human rights.
Giving a lighter sentence to Daoud Wright would send the message to thousands of others like them that they can plot freely to murder those who say things that offend their evil ideology, and the consequences will be slight.
Please send the opposite message. Let Daoud Wright and those who think like him know that if they plot to kill Americans for the crime of speaking out against injustice, we will just speak out all the more – and they will pay the full price for their crimes.
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Warwick man in prison for terrorist plot asking for compassionate release
by: Melanie DaSilva, WPRI, Jun 8, 2020:
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick man who was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for conspiring to support ISIS and conspiring to commit an act of terrorism is asking for compassionate release.
Nicholas Rovinski, now 29, plotted to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller back in 2015, after ISIS issued a decree urging members to kill her over a cartoon contest of the Prophet Muhammad. The plot was never carried out.
According to court documents, Rovinski says he wants to be released to home confinement.
Rovinski’s attorney says the prison in Danbury, Connecticut where he is being held has had 15 cases of COVID-19 among the inmate population and another 32 cases among prison staff. He continues to argue that since Rovinski has cerebral palsy, he is at a higher risk.
Rovinski pleaded guilty to plotting to behead Geller and later denounced his allegiance with the terrorist group and cooperated with federal investigators.
As of now, he is not scheduled to be released until 2028.
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