If you've been wondering what kind of "man accused" is involved in the latest terror plot busted by FBI undercover agents, it's a black American who has converted to Islam, and went looking online for opportunities to commit mass murder--a guy with the birth name of Demetrius
Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, who used the name Abdur Raheem Rafeeq on Facebook, was taken into custody Sunday and has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, Stephen Anthony of the FBI said in a news conference.
Pitts came under FBI surveillance in 2017 after he went on social media to express a hatred of the United States and a desire to join the terrorist group al Qaeda, Anthony said. Pitts is a US citizen and was radicalized in the United States, Anthony said. Court records say he's 48.
Pitts met an undercover agent in June, said an affidavit provided by the FBI, and the two began discussing his desire to join al Qaeda and potential acts of terror.
"What would hit them in the core?" Pitts asked in a secretly recorded conversation on June 22, according to the affidavit. "Blow up in the, have a bomb to blow up at the 4th of July parade."
Pitts told the agent he would conduct surveillance in downtown Cleveland and later gave the agent a phone with photos and videos of potential bomb targets, such as Voinovich Park and the US Coast Guard Station, according to the affidavit.
At first the agent and Pitts talked about placing bombs inside small remote-controlled cars, but in a July 27 conversation Pitts said they should also detonate an explosives-laden vehicle, the affidavit said.
"Yeah, like a full van," Pitts said, according to the affidavit. "Why -- why play wit' 'em."
Man accused of plotting terror attack on July 4th parade in Cleveland
By Hollie Silverman and Ralph Ellis, CNN
Updated 3:39 PM ET, Mon July 2, 2018
The most likely person to commit Arab terrorism is, of course, an actual Arab. However, black Americans, with their hatred of whites and attachment to various forms of Islam, are the next most likely. There's always a suspicion in undercover cases like this that some harmless person has been tricked into committing a Federal crime by an undercover agent.
But black Muslims aren't harmless--see my blog American Black Muslim Shooter In Muhammad Cartoon Attack, which featured regular black American Elton Simpson as one of two terrorists who attacked Pamela Geller in Texas, and were stopped by the "militarized" police people keep complaining about, i.e. police with military rifles and heavy-duty bullet-proof vests.
Here's how the Daily Beast described the two terrorists (the other was Pakistani) who had travelled from Arizona to commit a terrorist attack:
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