WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.
The two Chicago area men, both U.S. citizens, spoke of using army uniforms, along with military knowledge and access, to attack an Illinois military installation, the department said in a statement.
Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while attempting to fly to Cairo, Egypt, the Justice Department said. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his Aurora, Illinois, home.
Both defendants met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee and presented a plan to carry out an armed attack against a northern Illinois military facility where Hasan Edmonds had been training, according to the complaint.
“Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, in a statement.
If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Malaysia is a really moderate Muslim country. Mainly because it doesn’t currently behead people. (There are really low standards for being considered a Muslim moderate.) But that’s about to change as part of it is trying to implement Hudud which will allow it to do things like stone adulterers, chop hands off thieves and make it nearly impossible for women to prove they were raped.
Unfortunately not everyone in Malaysia is onboard with the awesomeness of Islamic law, free rape and behandings. So the police boss has issued a solemn warning. (via Religion of Peace)
Malaysians should exercise caution when commenting on Islam and hudud, as their criticism could provoke Islamic State (IS) militants into retaliating, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.
The country’s highest-ranking police officer was reported in Malaysiakini as reminding the public that Malaysia is already facing a threat from the outlawed terrorist group, and that according to intelligence reports, an attack is being planned here.
“I would like to remind (the public) who make comments on Islam and hudud not to simply comment, (because) you are inviting retaliation from IS supporters,” he was quoted saying at an event today.
I can’t legally shoot you yet… but ISIS whom I uh completely oppose… just might. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kaboom.
But this isn’t about censorship, right?
On Sunday, Khalid had warned on Twitter that the police will investigate those who publicly issue comments on sensitive religious matters if they are not experts on the subject.
And the only experts are Islamic authorities. So yes it’s censorship with a nice threat of murder from ISIS on the side.
I’m sure Obama and his people and the media will express their concerns about Malaysia losing its democratic character some time between Wednesday and doomsday.
The national police chief said the police view these comments “seriously” and have “no choice” but to launch the probes.
Shortly after his comment, human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen was hauled up for questioning over his comments on hudud.
Islam… it’s just so democratic and liberating.