California student arrested for supporting terrorists
March 18, 2014
A Central California college student and member of the U.S. Army National Guard was arrested Sunday for attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization. [CNN]
Nicholas Teausant had also planned to attack the Los Angeles subway system in January 2014, according to a U.S District Court complaint. However, FBI agents discovered the plan and it was discarded.
In mid-2013, Teausant first wrote his desire to join al-Qaida on Instagram, “don’t get me wrong I despise america and want its down fall but yeah haha. Lol I been a part of the army for two years now and I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start.”
Teausant continued to make online posts and searches on how to become a terrorist. On Oct. 3, 2013, the FBI launched an investigation into Teausant’s activities. Information gathered included the plan to attack the Los Angeles subway system.
Federal agents arrested Teasant after he boarded a bus for Canada with plans to then fly to Syria to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“The people you call terrorist aren’t really terrorist they are just doing what your too afraid to do, the government fears these people and that’s why they are called terrorist,” Teausant posted on Facebook on March 9.