An Oakland man who wanted to “redefine terror” in the United States by killing 10,000 people was indicted on charges last Friday for providing material and personnel services to the Islamic State.
The Department of Justice announced that Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 22, “is alleged to have knowingly attempted to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), between July and November of 2016, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleges that the services Alhaggagi attempted to provide included opening social media accounts for the use, benefit and promotion of ISIS, and that the personnel he provided was himself.”
Besides expressing his willingness to blow himself up in a suicide mission, Alhaggagi planned to sell cocaine laced with rat poison at gay clubs in and around the Bay Area.
“I live close to San Francisco, that's like the gay capital of the world,” Alhaggagi told an undercover investigator. “I’m going to handle them right, LOL.”
“I’m going to place a bomb in a gay club, Wallah or by God, I'm going to tear up the city,” he added. “The whole Bay Area is going to be up in flames.”
The undercover agent posing as an ISIS sympathizer from Salt Lake City met Alhaggagi to discuss more plans, including planting explosive backpacks at the dorms at the University of California-Berkeley using plans he downloaded from the Internet. The FBI agent noted that at one meeting at a storage unit, Alhaggagi brought three backpacks to use in his plot.
PJ Media reports that Alhaggagi has spent time in Yemen and planned to exit the country after the attacks via Mexico.
The man’s lawyer and family insist Alhaggagi is not a violent person at all.
"Amer is not anti-American and does not support ISIS or any other terrorist organization,” his lawyer said. “He is completely nonviolent and he took no actions to harm anyone."
The family released a statement about their angel child:
We were shocked to learn of the accusations involving Amer. Amer is not and has never been radicalized in any way. He grew up in this country and loves it here. He is peaceful and kind. He was very young and immature when he got involved in the online conversations that are the basis for these accusations. He did not think those conversations were serious and he never had any intent to harm anyone. We love him and continue to fully support him.
As PJ Media noted, the arrest of Alhaggagi marks “the 130th ISIS-related arrest in the U.S. since March 2014.”
Also included in that number is the active-duty U.S. soldier, Sgt. Ikaika Kang, 34, who was arrested this month in Hawaii and charged with attempting to provide military support, documents, and training to the Islamic State.
They are among us. Let’s hope we keep finding them before they strike.