FBI Omits Mention Of ISIS Connections In Criminal Complaint Of NYC Bomber
Sep 22 2016 by Johnny Bowman
The notebook made a reference to seeking guidance and wrote that it came in the form of "Sheikh Anwar" - which the federal agent filing the complaint believes to be a reference to the radical USA -born cleric Anwar Al Awlaki - who, according to the notebook, "said it clearly attack the Kuffar [non-believers] in their backyard".
A federal complaint released Tuesday night against the suspect in a series of bombings and attempted bombings in NY and New Jersey this weekend appears to highlight his radicalization.
The suspect, who is the alleged author of the bomb attack from New Jersey was charged for the illegal use of weapons, according to an official report published by the NY attorney Preet Bharara.
Prosecutors have filed charges against him in connection with the bombings.
Representatives of both the FBI Field Office in New York and the U.S. Southern District of New York Court declined comment on the omission.
He was shot by police after a shootout on Monday in Linden, New Jersey, where he was taken into custody following a two-day manhunt.
In the notebook, Rahami wrote that the USA government carries out "slaught" [sic] aimed at jihadists, despite Osama having proposed what he puts as "a truce", as quoted by Breitbart.
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The suspected bomber also expressed concern about getting caught. "& homeland security. looking for me". "To not take JIHAD away from".
The US authorities are planning to investigate whom Rahami was meeting when he was overseas, and if they could have taught him how to make a bomb, according to CNN.
At the end of the notebook, he wrote, according to the complaint: "Inshallah [God willing] the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets". He also referenced pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs, both of which were found in NY and New Jersey.
Later, he threatened the U.S. with "the sounds of bombs in the streets", "gun shots to police" and death to "oppression". "Death To Your OPPRESSION", one passage from the notebook read, as quoted in the complaint. In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting by ISIS-inspired shooter Omar Mateen, the Federal Bureau of Investigation omitted Mateen's declaration of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Bagdadi. It has also been noted that the design of his bombs tracked closely with an article called "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" published in al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine.
The case has seen criticism directed at the FBI, who investigated Rahami after his father raised concerns two years ago but took no further action.