Back in 2009, following the Fort Hood shooting by Islamist Nidal Hassan, it was brought to light that he had corresponded with the late radical American Muslim imam Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki has since been incinerated by hellfire missile, but he continues to inspire Muslim Americans to carry out attacks against their own country.
The Washington Post reports: A former member of the Army National Guard living in Sterling, Va., is accused of trying to plan an domestic terror attack on behalf of the Islamic State.
Mohamad Bailor Jalloh was arrested Sunday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization, according to papers filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Jalloh, a native of Sierra Leone, is a U.S. citizen. He quit the National Guard after listening to the lectures of deceased radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to court documents, and became involved in planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Awlaki, by the way, was a member of al-Qaida, which is no ally of ISIS, even though they have virtually the same goals.
After hearing Awlaki say that it was a duty of every able Muslim to resist the American presence and activity in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jalloh told a like-minded associate that he “understood this was the reality,” according to court papers. He later said he would like to carry out an attack in the style of Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex. He also suggested that someone known for organizing contests for cartoons of the prophet Muhammad would make a good target, according to the affidavit filed in federal court.
“You have to pick a action and take it cuz time is not on your side,” he wrote to an ally, according to the affidavit.
Jalloh purchased a Glock handgun in February but was unsuccessful in trying to buy an assault rifle in Charlotte, N.C., last month, according to the documents.
On July 2, he visited a gun store in Chantilly, Va., but didn’t have the proper paperwork to purchase a Bushmaster AR-15 he was looking at, according to the documents. He returned that evening and bought another assault rifle, authorities said, but the FBI was surveilling him and the weapon was rendered inoperable before he left the store.
He also gave $500 to a federal agent he believed was working with the Islamic State.
The suspect will appear in court for the first time Tuesday. Perhaps of greater concern is the fact that Jalloh is not the first former National Guardsman to be arrested for trying to join ISIS. Last year, an Illinois National Guardsman and his cousin were arrested for conspiring to provide support. One of the men wanted to go to Syria to martyr himself, and the other planned to carry out an attack on a nearby military base in northern Illinois, according to NPR.
The barbarians are already inside the gates, but at least as of today there will be one less in circulation.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]