A jury in suburban Washington charged an ex-cop with attempting to support ISIS. This is the first police officer in the United States charged with a terror-related crime.
After a weeklong trial in Virginia, 38-year-old Nicholas Young of Fairfax was convicted in a federal court on Monday.
"Nicholas Young swore an oath to protect and defend, and instead violated the public's trust by attempting to support ISIS," U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said in a statement.
Young was targeted by the FBI for six of the 13 years he was patrolling the public transportation system in DC. Last year they were finally able to arrest him with a successful sting operation.
According to prosecutors, Young bought gift cards with the intention of them being used by ISIS.
Young was under the impression that he was communicating with someone working with ISIS, but instead he was actually with an undercover FBI agent.
In 2014 Young met an FBI source 20 different times.
The undercover FBI agent was posting as a person in the U.S. military who is also of Middle Eastern decent. The agent was becoming more religious and more eager to leave the U.S. military. He was troubled by having to fight Muslims during his time spent being deployed in Iraq.
Per Daily Mail:
Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards he intended to give to ISIS to use to purchase mobile apps that would facilitate communication..
Young, a 12-year veteran of the transit police force, was found guilty of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He now faces up to 60 years in jail when he is sentenced in February.
His lawyers tried to defend him saying the sting operation amounted to entrapment.
The two-week trial also included evidence that Young trafficked in Nazi memorabilia.
Young dressed up as an SS officer in World War II reenactments and had a tattoo on his arm celebrating his unit. He also collected literature advocating violent jihad and watched Islamic State videos.
The trial revealed Young had been under federal surveillance since 2010.
Young twice traveled to Libya in 2011. He was hoping to join up with liberal forces and helping to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi. At the time of his trip to Libya, Young packed body armor, a kevlar helmet as well as other military-style items.
In 2015 Young reached out to the undercover FBI agent and asked for information from ISIS commanders on how to send money overseas.
"Unfortunately I have enough flags on my name that I can't even buy a plane ticket without little alerts ending up in someone's hands, so I imagine banking transactions are automatically monitored and will flag depending on what is going on," Young wrote.
Young dressed up as "Jihadi John" for Halloween in 2014. Jihadi John is an ISIS fighter who beheaded numbers people in ISIS propaganda videos.
There are many instances that prove this guy was clearly looking to commit terrorism. Good job by law enforcement to arrest him before it happened.