Illinois National Guardsman pleads guilty in Islamic terror plot to kill over 100 people

edmondsOn Monday, the Agence France-Presse reported that Hasan Edmonds, a 23-year-old soldier in the Illinois National Guard, pleaded guilty in a terrorist plot to kill over 100 people.

According to the report, Edmonds “began communicating online in January with an FBI agent pretending to be an Islamic State fighter in Libya.”

And, the report adds, he wasn’t alone:

Edmonds admitted to giving the purported militant advice on “how to fight and defeat the US military,” the plea agreement said. He said he and his cousin were ready to conduct an attack in the United States.

Edmonds and his cousin began meeting with another undercover agent in March who pretended to help Edmonds plan a trip to Mosul, Iraq to join the Islamic State group.

The report went on to say that Jonas, Edmonds’ cousin, wanted the undercover agent to help him achieve a “body count” of 100 to 150 people.

Hasan was charged with one count of conspiring to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.  He could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

His cousin, Jonas, faces up to 23 years in prison.

The two men were arrested in March on suspicion of trying to join ISIS.  A video report of that can be seen below, courtesy of ABS News.

Meanwhile, there are those who seem to want to dismiss the security threat posed by people like Edmonds as hateful cowardice.

H/T Gateway Pundit


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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