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The FBI has arrested an Edgewood, Maryland man suspected of providing material support to ISIS.
Mohamad Elshinawy allegedly pledged his allegiance to ISIL and said his “soul was over there with the jihadists.”
The FBI said Elshinawy was instructed by ISIS to “cause destruction” or to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States. They say he allegedly received payments from a suspected ISIS operative through Western Union and PayPal by pretending to sell printers on eBay to mask the payments.
He had been under investigation since early this year. The FBI says Elshinawy appears to have masked or cut off his communication with ISIS after special agents questioned him in July.
According to Aaronson, “The FBI is much better at creating terrorists than it is at catching terrorists.” In the 14 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Aaronson said there have only been about six actual domestic terrorist incidents, including the Boston Marathon bombing and a handful of failed incidents.
By contrast, he said the FBI has arrested dozens for “material support” of terrorism, usually impoverished or mentally ill Muslim-Americans who were convinced to take part in terrorist plots by high-paid undercover informants.
For example, The Intercept published Aaronson’s report of one incident in which an undercover government informant entrapped Sami Osmakac. Osmakac was so poor he could not afford to keep his car running, much less obtain the equipment or weapons needed to mastermind a credible terrorist attack, so the FBI carefully crafted a terrorist plot for him, even creating a mock suicide vest for him to wear in his “martyrdom video.”
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
Here is the actual article by MacFarlane.
He had been under investigation since early this year and is accused of lying to FBI agents who questioned him. The FBI said he "appeared overeager to ingratiate himself with the FBI and be a 'part of the team.'"
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
...More likely, an "FBI informant" put this guy in touch with ISIS and convinced the guy it would be a good idea to take money from them.
The FBI has a long history of doing this kind of thing.
originally posted by: introvert
I wouldn't be too concerned. No need to use scare tactics like "they're here".