A man who plotted to detonate a nail bomb on a Florida beach was charged on Tuesday.
Harlem Suarez, 23, obtained bomb supplies, including two boxes of nails, from an FBI informant, according to a criminal complaint. Suarez is alleged to have told the informant of his intention to construct a bomb, bury it on a beach in Key West and then detonate it remotely.
In a recorded call Suarez said “I can go to the beach at the nighttime, put the thing in the sand, cover it up, so the next day I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make, a real hard noise from nowhere.”
His Facebook account is littered with praise for the Islamic State. One post in April allegedly read “Be a warrior, learn how to cut your enemies head and then burn down the body learn how to be the new future of the world Caliphate.”
ISIS is seeking to build a global Islamic Caliphate and conquer the world.
He also attempted to purchase an AK-47 online. Despite the fact that he was legally allowed to do so, he filled out the paperwork incorrectly and the rifle was returned to sender.
He has been denied bail.
Another Floridian Islamic State sympathizer was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday, for possession of a firearm while a convicted felon.
In a criminal complaint, the FBI alleges he asked an informant to buy guns for him, describing himself as a ‘lone wolf’ for ISIS. He described himself on Facebook as Azizi al Hariri and posted pictures of himself posing with guns.
The complaint read:
"Diaz stated he would then take the .308 shell casings and scratch ISIS into the casings. Diaz stated that after killing people, authorities would find the ISIS engraved shell casings and then know there was a sniper in town. Diaz continued to state that a sniper could disrupt a city for a week or two until being caught. Thereafter, Diaz stated one had better be ready to shoot himself, but until that time the sniper would put the city in checkmate.”
He had several guns and some ammunition in his car when he was arrested.
Also on Tuesday, a Georgia man was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for attempting to join the Islamic State. Leon Nathan Davis was arrested at Atlanta airport having bought a one way ticket to Turkey, with the goal of travelling from there to the Islamic State.
During sentencing he apologized profusely and reportedly sobbed. He told the judge “I allowed myself to stray away from the truth of my religion, which is peace, love and humility. They brainwashed me into thinking that hatred and death were the way into heaven.”
The judge was unmoved by his pleas and handed down the maximum possible sentence.
U.S. security forces foiled "over 60" Islamic State terrorist plots over the past year, according to the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul.