A Washington, D.C. transit cop has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL). Nicholas Young, a convert to Islam stands accused of trying to find better ways to communicate secretly and evade detection by the authorities.
Young is the first American police officer to be charged in connection with terrorism.
He allegedly purchased technology items for this purpose to send to individuals he thought were ISIS agents but who were, in fact, undercover FBI agents.
Last week, Young allegedly sent $245 worth of gift card codes to an undercover agent.
Since he was first investigated in 2010, he repeatedly expressed an interest in terrorist activist to FBI informants.
An acquaintance of his, Zachary Chesser, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization in 2011. Young also met with Amine El Khalifi who was arrested in 2012 for plotting to carry out a suicide bombing at the US Capitol building.
In 2011, he travelled to Libya and told informants he had joined rebel groups there. He travelled with Kevlar body armor and other military equipment.
Young was fired by the D.C. Metro Transit Authority on following his arrest.
"This investigation began with concerns that were reported by the Metro Transit Police Department, and it reinforces that, as citizens, we all have a duty to report suspicious activity whenever and wherever it occurs," Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a statement.
Young has not yet entered a plea and has requested an attorney. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.