When the FBI arrested a Pennsylvania teen Thursday night for using at least 57 Twitter accounts t0 provide material support to the Islamic State, neighbors were in disbelief.
“It’s pretty crazy, when it’s right here at home,” one Harrisburg neighbor told CBS Philly Eyewitness News. “You hear it from California or Paris, but then it’s right up the street, it’s real.”
Yes, until authorities tracked him down to his parents’ home through his IP address, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 19, was just another nice, quiet Muslim boy.
Eyewitness News reported:
Aziz is alleged to have posted a hyperlink containing the names, addresses and other personal information of 100 reported U.S. military members and calls for violence against them.
According to the DOJ, in at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other means of electronic communication to help individuals travel to and fight for the terror group.
Aziz is also reported to have threatened to behead President Obama within the White House.
“According to the allegations in the complaint, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz conspired to provide and attempted to provide material support to ISIL by propagating their hateful rhetoric on social media and aiding individuals in their pursuit of traveling overseas to join the designated foreign terrorist organization,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said.
“A prior physical search of Aziz’s residence also revealed a tactical-style backpack in his closet, which contained high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen.”
The FBI-Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force is continuing its investigation of the case.
Governor Tom Wolf released a statement following Aziz’s arrest that said, in part:
“I commend the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL,” the statement read.
“We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians.”
Watch the clip, via Eyewitness News.
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