Man kan spørre om alle would-be jihadister fortjener å bli husket, men det spørsmålet stilles ikke når de rekker å gjennomføre deres planer. Derfor: Better safe than sorry. Det er preventivt å lære hvor mange de er og hvem de er og hvor de opererer.
USA har ikke så mange Syria-farere i forhold til folketallet, men de har mange nutcases som gjerne vil gjøre jihad. Det gjør dem ikke mindre farlige.
Arafat M. Nagi (44) er amerikansk borger, bosatt i Luckawanna, N.Y. Han ble fremstilt for retten onsdag på anklager som kan gi ham 15 år i fengsel. Tiltalen lyder på forsettlig å ha villet skaffe IS assistanse og materiell støtte.
A person “previously convicted of terrorism offenses” from Nagi’s home city was interviewed by the FBI in August 2014 and told agents that the unemployed, divorced father of two adult children was talking about jihad around the community and it was “common for Nagi to get into verbal altercations over his jihadi beliefs.”
Nagi hadde et reisemønster som ville gjort enhver etterretningstjenste urolig: Tyrkia, og et lengre opphold i Jemen.
The complaint says his terror activities began around August 2012. He flew to Turkey for one day in October 2012, flying home because of a gallbladder infection. He traveled to Turkey for 10 days in July 2014 and then went to Yemen, where he stayed until returning to the United States in September. He was interviewed at the time by Customs and Border Protection officials about his travels.
I tillegg begynte innkjøpene av skuddsikre vester og kevlar-hansker og shahada-flagg på ebay. Det måtte forstås som forberedelser til jihad.
He began his eBay stock-up in August 2012, with a tactical vest with armor plates and an army combat shirt. In September of that year, he snatched up body armor with side trauma plates, a Shahada flag and combat boots.
In January 2013, Nagi bought a “Hamas-style” Islamic headband, followed the next few months by camouflage pants, Kevlar tactical gloves, a combat face mask, military-style backpack, and combat hunting knife.
That fall, he bought a burn kit, another large black Shahada flag, night vision goggles and a camouflage long-sleeved T-shirt.
Nagi’s Twitter account was deactivated by the suspect last September, but a quick search of interactions he had with other users goes back to December 2013. The FBI logged more than 7,000 “potentially relevant” tweets from his account, mostly in Arabic.
Before his 2014 trip to Turkey, he tweeted “my pledge to hear and obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
Det kan hende de er crackpots, men de kan være dødelige crackpots. Myndighetene tør ikke ta noen sjanser.