The issue was a significant one at the time Mohamud was writing — more than a dozen Somali teenagers left Minneapolis in 2009, apparently en route to join a global jihad. The magazine also tracked with terror cases in the U.S., praising both the massacre at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas, and an attempted bombing in Times Square.
Mohamud's defense team showed dozens of text messages intercepted by the FBI during his first year at Oregon State University. They showed a teenager preoccupied with partying, drinking and using marijuana.
By his sophomore year, after he'd began working with undercover FBI agents to plot an attack, Mohamud began telling friends that he was trying to give up drinking and partying. But the messages were interspersed with others asking for marijuana or talking about a night of partying.
Interactions with Mohamud's parents indicated they were having marital problems. In September, Mohamud's father texted, "Also, I need ur help. I'm thinking of bringing back your mom..."