A 20-year-old New Jersey man, Nader Saadeh, was arrested on terrorism charges on Monday. Federal authorities have accused him of supporting the Islamic State. He is the sixth person to be arrested and charged with terrorism-related crimes in the New York-New Jew Jersey area since June. All six arrests are related to the same terrorism plot, authorities say.
Police claim that Saadeh viewed Islam State information on the Internet, visited Jordan last May, and attempted to join the Islamic State. The man is scheduled for a federal court appearance on Monday in Newark, New Jersey.
Brother Arrested as Well
Nader's brother, Alaa Saadeh was arrested late last month for similar crimes. Authorities claim that the brothers have been in contact with two other New York-New Jersey area individuals who were arrested on terrorist allegations, Munther Omar Saleh, from Queens, and Samuel Topaz, from New Jersey. Saleh was taken into custody on June 13 along with another man whose name has not been released. Topaz was taken into custody on June 17.
On June 17, another man from New York was arrested, 21-year-old Fareed Mumuni. Police say that Mumuni used a knife on an FBI agent who was executing a search warrant on his residence.
Arrests of Accused Terrorists on the Rise
Federal authorities have been ramping up their arrest and prosecution of individuals accused of supporting the Islamic State. Individuals have been charged with supporting the Islamic State and/or conspiring to support the Islam State. Authorities say that the arrests come in the wake of the Islamic State using more online propaganda to recruit new support from within the United States.
A couple of months ago a man in California was arrested and accused of supporting the Islamic State after he published a post on Twitter in support of two men who were killed by authorities after they attacked an art exhibit in Texas.
As more individuals are arrested and accused of terrorist activities it is important that we do not lose sight of the rule of law. Regardless of the severity of the crimes they are alleged to have committed, these men must remain innocent until -- and only if -- they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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