A Total of 9 People Arrested Near D.C. for Supporting ISIS Including a Police Officer!
ISIS is here, folks! Our government knows that ISIS is infiltrating through our lax refugee policy and American born Muslims are also answering their call to jihad.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and launched social media propaganda to attract followers, a government message to police states.
The Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center issued profiles of the nine in a Dec. 21 report labeled “law enforcement sensitive.”
Such reports are designed to help state and federal agents recognize trends in the types of individuals who are influenced by the Islamic State’s message and how they communicate across terrorist networks.
A defense attorney in one of the cases accused police of anti-Muslim bias; his client later pleaded guilty.
Of the nine Northern Virginians who were arrested, all but one were in their teens and early 20s. They included a police officer, a Starbucks barista, Army soldiers, bankers and a cabdriver. Four of the nine graduated from Northern Virginia high schools, one with honors. Two attended Northern Virginia Community College.
In other words, all of them appeared to have opportunities via public education to become successful Americans but instead were charged with what amounted to a devotion to violent jihad.
Of course the defense attorney had to accuse the police of ‘anti-Muslim bias’ because he doesn’t have a real defense. The Washington Times also made a list of the people’s profiles who had been arrested. Perhaps the most disturbing of all of these arrests was the Police Officer. Below is his profile obtained by The Washington Times :
• Nicholas Young. The oldest of the nine at 36, he has been charged with helping the Islamic State but has not faced trial. He graduated from West Potomac High School and worked as a Metro police officer. He is accused of stockpiling weapons at his home. According to authorities, he traveled to Libya and gave advice to Islamic State followers on how to avoid law enforcement monitoring.
ISIS is definitely dangerous, but a Muslim doesn’t need to pledge their allegiance to ISIS in order to be a potential terrorist which is making this fight a very difficult one for law enforcement. We must understand that Muslims can answer their call to jihad without being tied to ISIS or any other terrorist group. Every single one of these Muslims who were arrested had an education and or jobs which provided them with opportunities to live a quality life but they chose to put Islam above everything else.
Instead of being afraid to be labeled as bigots or Islamophobes, we must increase surveillance of potential terrorists. The penalties for terrorists must be severe. American lives are more important than political correctness.