Another Muslim wannabe terrorist loser. Lock his ass up forever.
A 19-year-old Harrisburg man arrested in an FBI raid Thursday is accused of using the internet to spread propaganda of the ISIS terrorist group, advocate violence within the U.S. and aid terrorists in traveling to the Islamic State.
All those accusations are made against in U.S. Middle District Court filings by a special agent with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which swept down on Azziz’s home at 1733 Fulton Street around 2 p.m.
The unnamed agent said investigators also found a tactical backpack, military-grade ammunition, high-capacity gun magazines and a “modified kitchen knife” in the rented home Aziz shares with his parents.
Of course the primary concern for the FBI is the dreaded Islamophobic backlash, naturally.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith issued a statement advising the public not to “give in to fear or unreasonable anger” or to target Muslims for violence in reaction to the announcement of charges in the AZIZ case.
“Such actions only serve the interests of the terrorists and violent extremists,” Smith said.
Because your reaction is just what ISIS wants!
A search warrant application the agent filed, and which was unsealed by a federal judge just after Aziz’s apprehension, states that he has used 57 Twitter handles to push propaganda from ISIS, which controls part of Syria and Iraq and which is blamed for recent terrorist attacks in the U.S., Paris, France, and other spots around the globe. The group is also known by the acronym ISIL, which is cited in the search warrant.
The agent claims Aziz, a U.S. citizen who is believed to be jobless, abetted ISIS recruiting under false identities that included “Colonel Shami.” He has also promoted videos of beheadings committed by the terrorists and chatted about buying women enslaved by ISIL, the agent wrote.
“Aziz commonly uses his Twitter accounts to spread pro-ISIL propaganda, including news from ISIL sources, as well as execution photos and videos,” according to the search warrant. He also has used Twitter to encourage people to contribute money to the terrorists, “express his desire to make pilgrimage to ISIL-controlled territory, provide advice on how to travel inconspicuously, and facilitate others’ travel to fight for ISIL,” the agent claims.
The agent said Aziz used Twitter to pledge allegiance to ISIL and its leader, Sheikh Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, in June 2014.
He kept creating new accounts whenever Twitter would shut down his accounts for terrorist activity, the agent said.
“In this instance, Aziz operated quietly on behalf of the Islamic State and facilitated others looking to do the same, said William F. Sweeney Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
The agent who filed the search warrant cited Twitter messages in which Aziz allegedly advocated the killing of “all kufar,” which translates as infidels, or non-Muslims. In January, he said Aziz tweeted the message “Know O Obama that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House.” The same post showed a masked ISIL militant beheading an unknown soldier.
You know what’s missing from this story? A photo of this scumbag.
Last April, he tweeted, “Perform your Islamic duty. Support the jihad with your wealth,” the agent wrote. A month earlier, the agent said, Aziz advised his Twitter followers that “Pennsylvania have very light gun laws its very easy to arm yourself.”
In July, Aziz chatted with other ISIS advocates about buying women from the Yazidi ethnic minority held captive by ISIS to use as slaves, the agent stated. ISIS is known for forcing captive women into marriages, or simply using them as sex slaves for its fighters.
Other tweets by Aziz, the agent wrote, advocated attacks of members of the U.S. military, expressed his desire to travel to the ISIS “caliphate.”
Maybe if we started instituting a death penalty for these punks then some of this nonsense might cease. We’re at war, after all. Instead, Americans are on notice:
Smith did more than simply speak against retaliation against Muslims following Aziz’s arrest. Such crimes against Muslims will be prosecuted as hate crimes, he vowed.