A related update on this recent post – Man “Ready to Kill and Die in the Name of allah” Arrested at JFK Airport en Route to Join Pakistani Terror Group, but again, no photo of the domestic terrorist enemy.
A North Texas 18-year-old faces federal charges after authorities say he conspired to support terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Michael Kyle Sewell, of Arlington, has been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to LeT, a Pakistani-based terrorist organization.
This charge comes following an investigation by the FBI and several North Texas law enforcement agencies.
According to a release from the Department of Justice, the federal complaint shows Sewell recruited someone to join LeT after the two met online.
Sewell gave the recruit contact information for someone who could help him travel overseas.
The person Sewell put the recruit in contact with turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Sewell reportedly coached the recruit on what to say, and vouched for him to the undercover FBI agent, even going as far to say he would kill the recruit if he turned out to be a spy.
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The arrest of the New Yorker and the charges against the Texas teenager who do not appear to be of South Asian origin as has been the case in previous such arrests has set the alarm bells ringing among the law enforcement agencies in the US.
The arrests have thrown the spotlight on issues of homegrown terrorism and radicalisation of American youths, a situation that authorities have dreaded post Mumbai-terrorist attack.
Based out of Pakistan, the LeT is a UN and US designated global terrorist organisation and has carried out several terrorist attacks inside India, including the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008 that took the lives of more than 160 innocent people including several Americans.
“These organisations are using the internet and social media to appeal to the most barbaric impulses in people, and train them to kill,” Sweeney Jr. added.
According to NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill, one of Encarnacion’s stated motives for travelling overseas was to get the training and experience he believed he needed to someday return to the United States and carry out attacks.
Meanwhile, Sewell, who encouraged and recruited an individual to join the LeT hails from Fort Worth city and met the man.
“Sewell allegedly used social media to recruit and encourage an individual to travel overseas to join a foreign terrorist organization and conspired with that person to provide material support to that organisation,” Demers said.
According to the criminal complaint, Sewell provided the co-conspirator with contact information of an individual he believed could facilitate the travel to Pakistan.
Unbeknownst to Sewell and his partner, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent, the federal prosecutors said.
Sewell had even coached the co-conspirator on how to convince the facilitator that he was sincere in his desire to fight for the LeT, they added.
The teen also contacted the facilitator to vouch for the co-conspirator’s authenticity and told both of them that he would kill the coconspirator if he turned out to be a spy.
The co-conspirator then contacted the facilitator and made arrangements to travel to Pakistan, the criminal complaint said.