Nineteen-year-old American charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS—had plans of killing civilians in Queens
On August 30, 19-year-old Awais Chudhary was charged by a federal court in Brooklyn with “attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS),” reports the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
The young man, a naturalized citizen originally from Pakistan, was arrested only one day prior to his first court appearance before United States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein. He was ordered to be held without bail.
“The defendant allegedly planned to conduct a deadly attack in New York on behalf of ISIS,” stated Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “The National Security Division, working with our partners, will remain vigilant in our efforts to identify, disrupt, and hold accountable those who would conduct a terrorist attack on our soil. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case and prevented this defendant from carrying out his deadly plans.”
Chudhary was caught as the result of an undercover investigation by law enforcement officers. He is alleged to have communicated to these undercover officers through text messaging that he planned to carryout a stabbing or bombing attack in Queens inspired by and on behalf of ISIS.
According to the DOJ, he also wanted to inspire others to commit acts of terrorism, and had planned to record his actions for that end. Chudhary is alleged to have identified various pedestrian bridges over the Grand Central Parkway to the Flushing Bay Promenade (the Promenade) and the World’s Fair Marina (the Marina) as locations for the attack.
“On Aug. 23, 2019,” reports the DOJ, “Chudhary told an undercover agent that he intended to use a knife “because that’s what he knows,” but if the undercover agent could instruct him on how to build a bomb, he would consider using an explosive device at a “mini-bridge over a busy road with many cars.”
Additionally, Chudhary contacted a different undercover agent, texting him a screenshot of a document entitled, “Islamic State” with the subheadings: “Places to Strike,” “The Ideal Knife” and “Knives to Avoid.”
Included in the instructions are anatomical diagrams showing killers where to target victims when using a knife. He also sent the agent “videos of pedestrian bridges over the Grand Central Parkway and stated that he was considering throwing explosives over the fencing at vehicles passing below.”
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“Thanks to the diligent work of the agents, analysts, and detectives on the FBI New York JTTF, the only thing to report today is his arrest, and the only photos
Earlier in the week, Chudhary ordered a number of murder tools online, including a tactical knife, a mask, gloves, and a cellphone chest and head strap to facilitate his recording of the attack. He was arrested by law enforcement while retrieving these tools.
In addition to purchasing murder weapons online, Chudhary had actually went to the proposed attack locations, conducting “several reconnaissance trips,” reports the DOJ.
FBI agents managed to catch Chudhary entering the Promenade in the vicinity of 27th Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard. He was seen taking videos and photos with his cellphone of various locations, as well as the Marina, a nearby gas station, a donut shop and a security camera near the donut shop.
“As alleged, Awais Chudhary planned to kill innocent civilians on behalf of ISIS and record the bloodshed in the hope of inspiring others to commit attacks,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This Office, together with the FBI, the NYPD and all members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will continue working tirelessly to identify ISIS sympathizers like the defendant and prevent them from carrying out their murderous intentions.”
This case is now being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York’s National Security and Cybercrime Section.
Awais Chudhary is currently convicted for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, but, given the magnitude of evidence collected by various law enforcement, it is possible that more charges may be laid as the case proceeds.
Currently, if convicted, Chudhary faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, reports the DOJ.
New Jersey shooting: Investigation points toward targeted anti-Semitic attack, deceased names confirmed
One of the two suspects in the lengthy shoot out in Jersey City, New Jersey, previously wrote anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and police investigators suspect these were the motivations for the attack on a kosher supermarket on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
A police officer was one of the six left dead from the apparent hours-long terrorist attack. The 33-year-old wife, Leah Mindel Ferencz, of the store owner and 24-year-old Hersh Deutch were two innocent bystanders killed in the suspected hate crime attack. Authorities have not yet named the victims but news outlet BOROPARK24 has reported the aforementioned two Jewish victims, which The Post Millennial independently verified as two of the victims tragically killed in the attack. The two attackers were also killed in the attack, but their identities have not yet been released. The name of the fourth victim is still unreleased.
Deutch, a student, was at the store buying lunch with his cousin who works in real estate. His cousin saw him on the ground and ran to get help after he suffered also a gunshot wound.
“I’m 100% certain that this situation would have been far more tragic than what it already is. There is enough info to know this could have been far worse,” said Mayor of Jersey City Steven Fulop said on Twitter.
The mayor also addressed rumours that the two shooters were allegedly Muslim.
“[Jersey City] and I don’t want anyone jumping to conclusions that aren’t accurate. I want to be sure the Muslim community knows we are thankful they are here in JC,” said Fulop.
Police also discovered an ideologically-filled note from the assailants’ van, according to law enforcement officials that spoke to The New York Times.
According to Fulop, the attackers first shot a detective before slowly cruising towards the store where the subsequent firefight ensued.
“The perpetrators stopped in front of there and calmly opened the door with two long rifles,” Fulop said.
The police officer murdered was identified as Detective Joe Seals, a father of five working in law enforcement for 15 years.
Seals was shot when he approached the two suspects in a U-Haul van at a cemetery. For well over an hour gunfire could be heard from the neighbourhood where the standoff took place. Police found an active pipe bomb in the suspects’ U-Haul.
US President Donald Trump’s official Facebook page shared a post commending him for the American job numbers for November, while calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the abysmal job numbers in Canada, the worst since the 2008 financial crisis.
“Let’s see. President Trump is fighting for America and our economy [sic] just ADDED 266,000 jobs,” starts the post from a Trump supporter shared by the POTUS on Facebook.
“Justin Trudeau was laughing it up in London and the Canadian economy just LOST 71,200 jobs. That’s no joke. Trump wins. Again,” the post ends, referring to Trudeau being caught on a hot mic earlier in the week making fun of Trump to other world leaders when at the NATO anniversary gathering.
Trump responded by calling Trudeau “two-faced” and that the PM didn’t like him calling out Canada as “delinquent” in its defence spending. The US President was also caught on a hot mic when leaving the London saying it was “funny when I said that guy was two-faced.”
On Friday news broke that Canada had lost over 72,000 jobs in the month of November, many Canadians losing their jobs just before the holiday season. The job loss was the biggest in Canada since the 2008 financial crisis.
Trump has been boasting throughout the day about the great jobs report in America and appears to have not forgotten Trudeau talking about him behind his back in London.
Trudeau hasn’t likewise addressed the Canadian jobs report on social media.
Many political experts have said that Trudeau being caught laughing behind Trump’s back could have untold consequences for Canada relationship with the US, especially if Trump is reelected in 2020.
A Canadian man who was detained by Turkish police in July, is believed to have been carrying a phone containing ISIS propaganda at the time of his arrest, according to the CBC. Ikar Mao was arrested close to the Syrian border in the summer of 2019. He was travelling with his wife at the time.
The phone had been sent ISIS related videos using the encrypted messaging app, Telegram. The man claimed that the videos were downloaded without his knowledge or intent.
In October, the couple were able to make their way back to Canada after being acquitted.
The man denied joining ISIS and claimed that the couple was not planning on going to Syria.
The FBI was not convinced by the couples claims. According to the CBC, terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann said, “It’s a huge red flag.”
“Up until the last few days Telegram was the chief means that ISIS and its supporters were using to communicate with the mother organization — the mother ship as well as with each other.”
The man is scheduled to attend court on Friday near Toronto. He is currently abiding by the courts bail conditions which include very limited access to internet, a curfew, as well as an ankle bracelet.
The videos sent to Mao’s phone contained ISIS propaganda as well as armed soldiers. We are not yet sure if the original evidence has been seen by Canadian authorities.
Kamran Bokhari who is with the Center for Global Policy in Washington was quoted saying, “If you have Telegram and then you have footage inside your Telegram account that shows jihadist videos or jihadist pictures or messages or memes, then of course that’s a very telltale sign.”
Telegram is an app that ISIS often uses.
Further evidence shows that the couple said they intended to join ISIS in a letter that was intended for their family.
Kholmann also said, “It could very well be a part of propaganda efforts inside of Syria. ISIS produces a tremendous amount of propaganda. They produce a lot of videos. They produce a lot of audio, and a lot of this stuff is harvested directly from the battlefield,” he went on to say, “In order to carry this material backwards and forwards — in order to transfer it between cameramen and the media editors and whatnot — it takes media devices to carry it.”
Kohlmann believes that the death of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has not slowed the ISIS organization and said, “ISIS is not dead, and these cases are proving that the appeal that ISIS has to Westerners is still there, and they are still traveling to Syria and Iraq to the battlefield where ISIS still has a physical presence,” he went on to say, “This organization is no longer just an organization. It’s a hybrid. It’s an organization and it’s a movement. These folks, they don’t need Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi anymore.”
Bokhari is still open to the possibility that the whole situation is a misunderstanding. He noted, “It’s possible that they did not have any intention of engaging in violence and they just wanted to be part of a context or an environment which they call ‘under Islamic rule,” and added, “But again, it’s a hard case to make because everybody knows — and these individuals who decided to make this journey also knew — that there was a lot of violence associated with this regime, the jihadist regime that ISIS had established. So it’s a hard case for the defence to make.”
The family and the lawyers of the couple have declined to comment on the situation.
Since the Trump Administration was inaugurated, the Trudeau Liberal Government has shown a repeated tone of arrogance and superiority towards our American allies.
Whether it was Trudeau and Freeland giving virtue-signalling speeches that were thinly-veiled swipes at the US, lecturing the US on social issues, or Trudeau’s latest debacle at the NATO summit, it’s been clear that the Trudeau Liberals have no respect for America.
Yet, at the very same time, the Trudeau Liberals show far more respect towards Communist China, no matter how badly that nation treats Canada.
Consider the fact that—whatever disagreements Trudeau and Trump may have—the US is still available to talk and discuss issues with our country, and is a democratic nation governed by the rule of law.
By contrast, Trudeau and Freeland often can’t even get China to answer their phone calls.
Canada and America are part of the same inheritance of Western Civilization, and our history and future are inextricably linked.
Meanwhile, Canada’s values and the values of China’s Communist government are clearly incompatible, as the suppression of freedom, forced organ harvesting, denial of religious rights, execution of political dissidents, and horrifying surveillance state all makes clear.
And while Canada and the US have disputes like any two nations do, the fact remains that China has treated us far worse than the US ever has. China is illegally detaining two Canadian Citizens, has spoken in arrogant and threatening tones towards our nation, and is clearly an ideological and strategic adversary.
Additionally, the vast majority of our foreign trade is with the US, and given our amazingly weak defence spending, the US is basically the only armed force that is defending North America (and by extension defending the Canadian People) at the present time.
All of this should be the basic groundwork for how any Canadian Leader thinks about the United States. And it should go without saying that a Canadian Leader should always be more respectful towards the US than towards Communist China.
But with Trudeau, we see the opposite.
He’s never laughed about Xi Jinping.
He’s never mocked Xi Jinping.
He hasn’t even lectured China on their concentration camps with as much force as he lectured the US about abortion.
In short, Trudeau has shown far more respect to Communist China than he has towards the United States, a clear sign that his value-system and worldview is severely messed up.
Trudeau appears to be in thrall to the view of the radical far-left which blames the Western world for everything, admires brutal communist states, and seeks to weaken their own nation and our Western allies in order to strengthen foreign nations out of some insane sense of “historical guilt.”
Now, with Trudeau’s screwed up mindset governing the nation, our country is increasingly distanced from our closest ally, putting all of Canada at risk in an increasingly dangerous world.