Facebook Jihad: Feds Arrest Awais Younis for D.C. Subway Bomb Threats


We've been stating this for years now, and it's nice to see that the Feds are taking some action against the jihadist threat that runs rampant on Facebook. Before our effort, Facebook was completely negligent in removing terrorist content. Lately, they are a little better, but not much. It's still there, and we're still watching----behind the scenes. We hope both Facebook and the Feds will be more vigilant against this hotbed of Islamic terrorist activity:

(WSJ) A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan has been arrested on charges he used Facebook to make threats to bomb Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system, though federal officials say there was no danger to commuter trains.

Awais Younis, 26 years old, was charged last week in federal court in Virginia with making threats both to the commuter system and to an online friend who became alarmed and alerted authorities.

According to court papers unsealed Dec. 9, the suspect came to authorities' attention after the friend reported threats made last month in an online chat. The suspect used the name Sundullah "Sunny" Ghilzai on Facebook, authorities said.

In the conversation, Mr. Younis described how to build a pipe bomb and discussed placing such a bomb in a sewer in a busy part of Washington, according to authorities.

The suspect "stated that the third and fifth cars in the Metro trains had the highest number of commuters on them and he could place pipe bombs in these locations and would not be noticed," according to an affidavit by Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Joseph Lesinski.

When his friend replied, "You wouldn't do that," the suspect replied, "Watch me," according to the affidavit. His Facebook profile also featured a photograph of him in Afghanistan holding an AK-47 rifle in front of a tent with explosives, the papers said.

On Dec. 5, according to court papers, Mr. Younis became suspicious of the unidentified friend, and began a chat session in which he repeatedly threatened the friend. Authorities said Mr. Younis also told the friend, whose father used the Washington Metro system to get to work every day, that the father should "cancel work tomorrow."

The next day, the FBI arrested Mr. Younis. A search of his Arlington, Va., home that same day found no explosives. He was charged with making threats, but doesn't face a terrorism charge. He faces up to five years in prison, if convicted.

The Facebook page lists him as a chemistry and biology student at George Mason University in Virginia.

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said the public "should be reassured that his activities prior to his arrest were carefully monitored, and that there is no threat against Metrorail or the general public in the Washington, D.C., area."

In October, the FBI charged another Virginia man with actively plotting to bomb the capital region's Metro system. In that case, agents conducted an elaborate sting operation to gather evidence. The FBI has also made similar sting arrests recently in Portland, Ore., and Baltimore.



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