Feds Arrest Man Who Communicated With FBI's Fake Terrorists

By | March 22, 2014

“I would love to join Allah’s
army, but I don’t even know how to start,” Nicholas Teausant, a
20-year-old community college student in California and
failed trainee in
the National Guard, purportedly wrote on Instragram around 10
months ago.

Unfortunately for Teausant, the FBI knew exactly where to start
and exactly how it’d end.

The story goes like this: Teausant started writing on the
Internet last year about his apparent interest in making
“terrorist” his next career move. This tipped off the feds, and the
FBI paid an informant to befriend him.

The informant claims that Teausant told him that once, on a
camping trip, he came up with a plot to bomb the Los Angeles subway
system. However, “investigators never corroborated that such a
camping trip actually occurred,”
according
to the Associated Press (AP). The 20-year-old talked
about other plots as well and the idea of fighting Syrian dictator
Bashar al Assad, according to a court complaint. The AP
reports:

The informant put Teausant in contact with a “mentor” — in
reality, an undercover federal agent — who could purportedly
approve his efforts to join the extremists. Early this month, the
“mentor” blessed Teausant’s travels, and he boarded a train for
Seattle on Sunday night

[…]

When the bus arrived in Blaine, just south of Vancouver, B.C.,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped it and questioned
Teausant about where he was headed. He responded that he was
traveling to Vancouver and was arrested

On Monday, he was charged in federal court with a single count
of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist
organization. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000
fine.

Although it’s alarming that Teausant may have wanted to harm
Americans or conduct terrorist activities abroad, the Digital
Fourth rights-advocacy group highlights the
fact that he never “provided any help whatsoever to terrorists, or
that he was in contact, ever, with any actual terrorists.”

This wouldn’t be the first time members of the FBI posed as
terrorists. Last year, they reeled in a
teenager
from Chicago. In 2012, members of the Occupy movement
in Cleveland
claimed
the FBI pressured them into trying to blow up a bridge.
Last year, Reason reviewed
a book with details on the pervasive practice within the FBI of
manufacturing “terrorists” like these.

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