An American-born citizen recently confessed to an undercover FBI agent that he was loyal to radical Islamic terrorist group Al Qaida and had planned to set off bombs during a Fourth of July celebration in Cleveland, Ohio.
The man has now been charged with supporting terrorism. During the course of a year, he expressed his support for the group on repeated occasions.
Certainly glad the FBI nailed this guy before he did something terrible.
Federal authorities said Monday that Demetrius Pitts, 48, had repeatedly expressed his support for al-Qaida for more than a year and talked about setting off bombs at a July 4 parade and later in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Pitts, of Maple Heights, was due in federal court Monday in Cleveland. There were no court documents listing an attorney for him.
He was arrested Sunday after meeting an undercover agent and charged with attempted support of a terrorist organization.
FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony said it was not clear how close Pitts was to carrying out his threats, but he said authorities couldn’t sit back and wait to find out.
Authorities first began watching Pitts in 2017, after he made Facebook posts threatening violence against the U.S., Anthony said.
He later began meeting with an undercover agent and discussed several different ways to carry out an attack, according to court documents. Pitts also talked about his hatred for the U.S. military, Anthony said.
An undercover agent in late June gave Pitts a bus pass and cellphone that he thought were from al-Qaida supporters so that he could go downtown and look for locations to carry out his attacks, according to a complaint filed by authorities.
Pitts took videos of potential targets for bombings, such as the federal building and a U.S. Coast Guard station, turning the phone over last week believing this information would be given to al-Qaida.
Pitts had also discussed possibly going to Philadelphia to scout out locations for a possible future attack on the city using a truck packed with explosives.
Pitts had been radicalized while inside of the United States with the investigation into the man not yielding any evidence he ever traveled out of the country.
This, folks, is why we need to be so vigilant about our national security and why we need to ensure that folks have the right to bear arms. The FBI isn’t going to be able to nail every single one of the crazies who attempt garbage like this, and due to strict enforcement of immigration laws, the majority of the threat now comes from radicals reaching into our country and finding individuals to radicalize who are already here.
We now know the tactics of those attempting to destroy us, therefore, we must take action to prevent them from succeeding in their awful plans.
Source: ABC News
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