A Muslim teen who was attracted to the Islamic State and plotted to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina got parole after only one year behind bars. South Carolina does not have terrorism laws. Terror charges could have been leveled by the Obama administration but, of course, they weren’t.
Anger over the parole board’s decision was felt widely by local law enforcement and elected officials. “This is a person who has threatened law enforcement, threatened military personnel.” According to South Carolina police, the newly free jihadi has not changed. He is as he was — devout and dangerous. South Carolina law enforcement does not have the manpower to keep an eye on this would-be killer.
The teen was “wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs, and we are very concerned for the safety of the community and the country,” Solicitor Kevin Brackett said at sentencing. “He had a plan to randomly shoot American soldiers.”
“Apparently someone in Washington decided this wasn’t worth pursuing or it wasn’t in their parameters,” said the city of York’s police chief, Andy Robinson.