Thursday, July 30, 2015
Intercepting Terrorists Before They Strike
“We will destroy America and divide it into two. We will raise our black (ISIS) flag on top of your White House and any president on duty,” says Harlem Suarez, 23, most likely a recent convert to Islam.
A Florida man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach.A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. Authorities say Suarez came to the FBI’s attention through his Facebook posts praising the Islamic State group and containing extremist rhetoric.
In April, Suarez allegedly posted, “Be a warrior, learn how to cut your enemies head and then burn down the body learn how to be the new future of the world Caliphate” – a reference the Islamic State goal of building a regional fundamentalist entity.The FBI says he later added a request “from any brother. How to make a bomb send me a video or something, what do I need to make it.” Suarez made his first court appearance Tuesday in Miami and was being held without bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.