Congratulations to the anti-terrorism agents of the FBI, who have prevented what might have been a devastating lone wolf attack in Frisco, Texas, a Dallas suburb. The FBI announced that it has arrested 17-year-old high school student Matin Azizi-Yarand. He was allegedly planning an attack with guns and pipe bombs sometime this month. He was reportedly an ISIS sympathizer who used social media to reach out to the terrorist group about getting training in guns and bomb-making and traveling to Pakistan to join them. But he didn’t realize that his online conversations were actually with an undercover FBI informant. He wrote that he’d considered attacking a school because that would be easy (“just fire where you hear screams”), but decided on a shopping center instead because there were cops there, and he would “like to make a cop surrender and drop his gun. Then, douse him with gasoline and burn him. Record it.”
Thank God, he won’t be doing any of that. And thank the FBI for being on the case. As difficult as it is, I suggest reading the full story with more quotes from his messages that he thought were between him and ISIS. It should put to rest any suggestion that the problem we’re facing with a young generation that has no regard for the sanctity of life is due to hardware and not the software in the sick minds of the people who would actually plan such an assault with no other motive than to kill as many innocent people as possible.
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