The U.S. prosecutors said a man from Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 30 years in jail for promoting ISIS online and for misleading investigators with his lies. Serious terrorist threats were made by 42-year-old Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who is a United States citizen. He was charged and convicted for eight counts of threats made through social media and supporting terrorism. The maximum sentence was 88 years, but he was given 30. There are multiple members of ISIS and other terrorist groups that are scattered throughout the world. The scary reality is, authorities can only catch them one at a time when threats are made. Some do not even make threats, they just blow up themselves and other people.
The United States Attorney who handled the case put out this statement, “Mr. Rahim embraced a warped ideology on social media, promoting violence against innocent people, including Americans. The Justice Department is committed to combatting terror at home and abroad.” Evidence showed Rahim set up a social media account to recruit ISIS fighters and stir up terrorist threats.
Prosecutors explained, “Rahim is said to have used a push-to-talk direct messaging application to promote violence in the name of the terrorist group. In those messages, Rahim urged his followers to kill and do not consult anyone. Kill by any means, smash his head on the wall, spit in his face, burn, I mean anything, anything, poison, anything.” One month later, he posted, “Brothers! What are you waiting for? Mobilize and perform jihad for the cause of Allah… Some of the brothers mobilized from this channel, they were amongst us.”
After the terrorist attack in Nice, France, where 86 people were killed when a truck plowed into a crowd of people, Rahim praised the attack by saying, “I was happy for this act! Those dogs,” referring to the crowd.
Rahim was captured and arrested at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 2017. He was headed on a plane to Amman, Jordan, and has been in prison since he was arrested. Multiple charges were pending, and all of the evidence was completed for his sentencing this week. When Rahim was arrested, he denied all allegations brought up against him.
The trial lasted for three and a half days, and he was convicted in May. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated, “Rahim spread the violent message of ISIS online. He also attempted to travel to support ISIS and then lied to FBI when questioned about his activities. This sentence is the consequence of his criminal activities and a clear message to others who would consider following in his footsteps: don’t.”
In closing of the Department of Justice release on the government website, it stated, “The FBI, the U.S. Department of State – Diplomatic Security Services, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Errin Martin and Trial Attorney Taryn Meeks of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted the case. U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle presided over the trial.”
Terrorist acts are among our everyday life throughout the world as it has become the new norm. The FBI and other authorities have cracked down on social media and other websites to try and capture these terrorists who make threats to spread fear in the hearts of many. We continuously are warned of terror attacks but rarely see these things happen like overseas and in the Middle Eastern countries. America is very fortunate in a lot of ways, but we must always live our lives vigilantly. Terror threats are on the rise. Most remain just threats but must be taken very seriously.
We fear ISIS from abroad because we as Americans were not born into a society of such violence. It is hard to imagine ISIS and other terrorist groups are also within this country. They watch every move we make and how we make it. They learn about our culture and ways of life, and some know it more than we do. It is a scary thought, but we all must stick together as good Americans and live our lives without fear of the best of our ability. When we live afraid of every turn in life, the terrorists win. If we give them that control, all that America stands for will be gone.
Obama and Hillary are mostly to blame for ISIS and much of the division we see today. President Trump and his administration are erasing those mistakes.