Today federal agents arrested 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz of Harrisburg, PA on charges of attempting to aid the Islamic State and spreading its recruitment propaganda across his 57 ISIS-themed Twitter accounts.
According to a Department of Justice release and unsealed criminal complaint, Aziz’s support of the Islamic State crossed well over the line of digital proselytizing: “A prior physical search of Aziz’s residence also revealed a tactical-style backpack in his closet, which contained high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items...five loaded M4-style high-capacity magazines, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, medication and a balaclava.” It’s unclear whether Aziz had any concrete plan to use the gear, but his online collaboration looks incriminating enough on its own:
Aziz is alleged to have posted a hyperlink containing the names, addresses and other identifying information of 100 reported members of the U.S. military and calls for violence against them. Additionally, on at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other electronic communication services to assist persons seeking to travel to and fight for ISIL. In one instance, Aziz allegedly acted as an intermediary between a person in Turkey and several well-known members of ISIL. According to the allegations in the complaint, Aziz passed location information, including maps and a telephone number, between these ISIL supporters.