A Muslim man from Key West, Florida was recently charged for planning to initiate a terrorist attack on a crowded Florida beach.
Harlem Suarez is a self-proclaimed follower of ISIS and he desperately wanted to join in their jihadist fight. He wanted so much to join in the fight against the West that when the FBI reached out to offer him a chance to do so… he jumped at it.
“Specifically, Suarez discussed taking the bomb to a public beach, burying it in the sand, and then detonating the device remotely with the cell phone,” the criminal complaint reads. “Suarez also discussed putting bombs under police cars, in front of police officers’ homes, and possibly purchasing a vehicle and building a car bomb.”
At the same time Suarez was spreading terrorist propaganda on his Facebook page which led the FBI to monitor much more closely. He later told an undercover FBI agent that he was very interested in making a recruitment tape for ISIS and they were more than happy to help.
“I call to other brothers worldwide to creat Caliphate in the middle East. Destroy our enemies against us. Let live only who are our brothers and sisters. Send our mujahideen to a different soil with tanks, missiles, gemades, and other tactical needs. American soil is the past, we will destroy america and divide it in two, we will rais our black flag on top of your white house and any president on duty (cut head). There will be no one against us, the islamic state. No matter how many brothers of us they kill … or leaders, we always will have leaders for us to follow, they will never destroy the islamic state and Abu Bakr al Baghdady. we will keep going forward, how we are now on U.S. Soil, FLORIDA, NEWYORK, TEXAS, OHIO, CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN, CANADA THERE is alot of us there, too. We are everywhere and we are not going to stop, until we create the caliphate and seek our enemy and kill them, where we find them.”
Eventually, Suarez used his FBI contact to get himself a bomb that would do as much damage to a civilian population as possible. The FBI got him a bomb, one that didn’t work, but a bomb nonetheless and with that they’d caught him in their trap.
“There is no room for failure when it comes to investigating the potential use of a weapon of mass destruction,” Special Agent in Charge George Piro said in a statement. “The FBI and our local, state and federal partners work around the clock to prevent such catastrophic weapons from being used against our citizens. Even so, we ask the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
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