Here’s What We Know About U.S. Air Force veteran arrested “for trying to join ISIS” and wage violent jihad

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(Pam Gellar) A former U.S. Air Force mechanic with devout Islamic beliefs and ties to the Middle East is accused of trying to join the terror group isis in an effort to fight in the “violent jihad.”

You just know one of these savages who has infiltrated our military is going to go Major Hasan on us.

—He Was Caught Trying to Cross From Turkey into Egypt, Prosecutors Say

—An American Airlines Co-Worker Told the FBI in 2001 That Pugh Sympathized With Bin Laden

—Pugh converted to Islam in 1998 while living in Texas and became radical in his beliefs, according to an affidavit by a FBI agent unsealed Tuesday. He has been known to federal authorities since 2001. (Heavy News)

Another devout Muslim going jihad (above photo from his Facebook page). Who is the President going to blame?
a) misunderstanders of Islam
b) unemployment
c) disaffection
d) poverty
e) Geller and Spencer

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The Daily Mail does not talk about his devout Muslim beliefs — not. at. all.

U.S. Air Force veteran, 47, arrested ‘for trying to join isis after watching online propaganda videos’, Daily Mail, March 17, 2015

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted by a grand jury in Brooklyn on Monday and will be arraigned on Wednesday morning
The U.S. citizen ‘tried to join the Islamic State earlier this year after being fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in Kuwait’

In January, ‘he attempted to enter syria but was denied entry and was sent back to Egypt, where he was found to be carrying suspicious items’

After he was deported to the U.S., the FBI ‘discovered he had searched online for how to cross into Syria and had watched propaganda videos’

He was arrested in New Jersey in January and has been in custody since  

A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with attempting to travel to syria to join isis after watching their online propaganda videos, the Department of Justice announced today.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, was indicted by a grand jury in Brooklyn on Monday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to the group and attempting to obstruct justice.

Pugh is an American citizen who previously served as an avionics instrument system specialist in the Air Force. His most recent address according to property records was in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

Authorities say he tried to join ISIS earlier this year, weeks after being fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in Kuwait.

Arrest: The image is believed to show Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, who has been arrested for allegedly attempting to enter Syria to join ISIS. The 

Arrest: The image is believed to show Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a U.S.Air Force Veteran who was arrested in January for allegedly attempting to enter syria to join ISIS. He has now been indicted

On January 10, he allegedly flew from egypt to Turkey with the intention of crossing the Syrian border to ‘fight violent jihad’ with ISIS – but Turkish authorities denied him entry and sent him on a flight back to egypt.

Once there, he was found to be carrying suspicious items, including a cell phone photograph of a machine gun and multiple electronic items, and was deported to the U.S. in January 15.

FBI agents allegedly found he had been using his laptop to watch ISIS propaganda videos online and to search for such phrases including ‘borders controlled by Islamic state’.

They also found a chart on the computer showing crossing points between Turkey and Syria indicating areas on the Syrian side of the border controlled by ISIS.

There were also online searches for ‘Flames of War’, a 55-minute propaganda video, and other footage, including one of ISIS members executing prisoners.

Agents also searched two backpacks he used overseas and found they contained compasses, a solar-powered flashlight, a solar-powered power source, a fatigue jacket and camping clothes.

Pugh, who told authorities he has a wife in Egypt, was arrested in Asbury Park, New Jersey on January 16 and has been in custody since. The case has been sealed during that time.

Pugh is set to be arraigned before a federal judge tomorrow morning in the Eastern District of New York, where his attorney said he plans to plead not guilty, CNN reported.

Pugh (not pictured) flew from Egypt to Turkey in January with the intention of crossing into Syria to join ISIS (a member is pictured) but he was stopped and sent back to Egypt. From there he was deported to the U.S.

 Pugh (not pictured) flew from egypt to Turkey in January with the intention of crossing into Syria to join ISIS (a member is pictured) but he was stopped and sent back to Egypt. From there he was deported to the U.S.

If convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.

Pugh served in the Air Force between 1986 to 1990 and, while there, received training in the installation and maintenance of aircraft engine, navigation, and weapons systems.

When he left, he worked for a number of companies in the U.S. and Middle East as an avionics specialist and airplane mechanic.

A Facebook page that appears to belong to Pugh contains multiple anti-Israel photos, calling it ‘terrorist country’, and anti-Semitic images. In August 2014, he also shared quotes from famous Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki on the page.

‘Born and raised in the United States, Pugh allegedly turned his back on his country and attempted to travel to Syria in order to join a terrorist organization,’ U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

‘We will continue to vigorously prosecute extremists, whether based here or abroad, to stop them before they are able to threaten the United States and its allies.’

Assistant Director in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office added: ‘U.S. citizens who offer support to terrorist organizations pose a grave threat to our national security and will face serious consequences for their actions.’

—Courtesy of Pamela Gellar

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