SEATTLE – A Montesano man arrested early Saturday morning is charged by criminal complaint with illegal firearms possession, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. The complaint alleges that DANIEL SETH FRANEY, 33, a/k/a Abu Dawuud, possessed firearms in violation of a permanent protection order prohibiting him from possessing firearms. On multiple occasions between September and November 2015, FRANEY handled several firearms, to include firing fully automatic machineguns on one occasion. FRANEY will appear in U.S. District Court in Tacoma today, February 8, 2016, at 2:30 PM.
“This defendant possessed firearms, including machine guns, even though he knew he was prohibited from doing so. He also discussed attacking members of the military and law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “I commend the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their diligent efforts to pursue all available leads to ensure the public was protected from any possible harm.”
As set forth in the complaint, beginning in April 2015, multiple Washington state residents began reporting to law enforcement that they had heard FRANEY espouse violent rhetoric, particularly in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. They also reported hearing FRANEY advocate for the killing of non-Muslim Americans, particularly members of the U.S. military and law enforcement. One citizen reported that FRANEY repeatedly asked to purchase a firearm from the citizen, despite FRANEY’s admissions that he is not legally allowed to possess firearms.
FRANEY was captured on audio attempting to acquire firearms, particularly AK-47s. FRANEY also discussed what he deemed were good targets for an attack. In discussing his attack aspirations, FRANEY repeatedly referred to his support for ISIL.
If you’re easily nauseated, don’t read the next paragraph.
“The FBI works diligently to have a positive relationship with the Muslim community,” said Frank Montoya, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle Division. “From our conversations with Muslim community leaders, we know they reject this type of violent ideology and actively contribute to the security of our community, Washington State, and our country.”
Islam is one big violent ideology. No Muslim rejects it. And after such a clearly non-sensical statement, the pandering, politically cowardice FBI didn’t even charge Abu Dawuud with any terror-related crimes.
FRANEY is charged by complaint with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of machineguns. Each count is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Franey has lived in Washington for the past three years and occasionally works as a fisherman out of Westport, according to the complaint.
Court records indicate Franey came under suspicion of law enforcement in April when a witness went to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office to report that Franey “regularly talked about his support for the … terrorist organization of the Islamic States of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and claimed he wanted to go overseas to ‘join the fight,’ ” according to an affidavit filed by Federal Protective Services Agent Joseph Deaver, a member of the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The complaint says the FBI initiated an investigation, sending in an undercover officer to befriend Franey. The officer reported that Franey described the Islamic State group as the “best people on Earth” and at one point described Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaida and the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a “diamond … a holy warrior. He’s a beautiful man.”
The complaint states that Franey swung between telling the undercover agent that the weapons would be to protect his family and fantasizing about killing U.S. servicemen or attacking a military base. At one point, the complaint says, Franey praised the July attack at military installations in Tennessee in which five servicemen were killed, as was the attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
During a trip to Ellensberg in September, the undercover agent said Franey handled several handguns.
The following month, according to the court documents, Franey accompanied the undercover agent on a “firearms trafficking” trip to and from Santa Monica, Calif., during which they met with other law-enforcement officers posing as undercover gun buyers.
According to the charges, Franey was sitting in a hotel room with four undercover officers and a duffel bag full of firearms at one point when he proclaimed that “Any government agents that I’m around, I feel the duty to kill.”
“It’s just not possible for me to have any kind of non-murderous relations with these people,” he said.
Court documents indicate that federal agents arrested Franey after the execution of a “no-knock” search warrant at his home, where documents indicated he lived with a woman and two children.
We’re all for getting bad guys off the streets but this doesn’t inspire confidence in our law enforcement community in any way. Where are the terror support charges?
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