Just some confused kids radicalized by the religion of peace and looking to chops off some heads.
The FBI and Boston police made their move on terror suspect Usaamah Rahim on Tuesday, because a bugged phone call with one of his two associates tipped them off that he was about to make his move.
Rahim, 26, was shot dead in a parking lot; one associate, David Wright, 25, was arrested and charged; and late Wednesday, police were on the trail of the other, whom they have not named.
The third person’s contact with Rahim — who they believe was radicalized by extremists — went beyond an “Internet relationship,” authorities have said. Officers have raided locations in Massachusetts, where Rahim lived — and in one Rhode Island in pursuit of person No. 3.
Authorities have yet to reveal what the raids turned up.
Rahim, 26, and Wright, 25, were apparently tight — Rahim called him his nephew on Facebook, where he thanked him for attending his wedding. Both of them used aliases on Facebook. Rahim went by “Abu Sufyaan” and referred to Wright as “Dawud Sharif Abdul-Khaliq.”
And they spoke in coded language, too, the FBI said, but Rahim’s meaning in recorded phone conversations with Wright seemed obvious to agent Joseph Galietta, who listened in.
Rahim would come out swinging with a knife soon to kill police officers — probably Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest, Galietta said in an affidavit.
“I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue. Cause, ah, it’s the easiest target,” Rahim told Wright, according to the affidavit.
Weird how none of this jibes with what the dead terrorist’s brother claimed.
Rahim had recently purchased three military fighting knives on Amazon.com. The FBI had intercepted at least one delivery and X-rayed it before letting it continue on to Rahim. He was originally planning to behead someone in another state, Galietta said.
His target? Conservative blogger Pamela Geller, who had organized a Prophet Mohammed cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas, last month, law enforcement sources told CNN. Two men had tried to shoot cartoon participants back then, but an off-duty police officer working security shot them dead.
Other family and friends described the dead terrorist as an “all-American boy.” Of course.
Family and friends of a Muslim security guard accused of masterminding a plot to behead cops painted a very different picture of the slain Roslindale man, recalling him as an “all-American boy.”
“He enjoyed studying his religion,” said Isimal Abdorrashid of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury, where Usaamah Rahim had gone since he was a boy.
“He was very studious. There’s nothing about him that would have struck me or anyone from amongst us to be odd,” Abdorrashid told the Herald.
Rahim, 26, grew up Muslim. His parents were Muslim.
He sometimes sat in the front row for Friday sermon at the Roxbury mosque. He wore the traditional Sunnah dress and a long beard.
“He was a very typical, American young adult,” Abdorrashid said, “the all-American boy.”
Here’s Geller on CNN Wednesday evening: