Two Muslims who had pledged loyalty to ISIS were arrested for planning a terrorist attack on Trump Tower in New York City, according to reports.
The FBI arrested Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas and charged them with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to Fox 57.
Matthews, who calls himself “Ali Jibreel,” was picked up along with Molina, who refers to himself as “Abdur Rahim,” according to the US District Court for the Western District of Texas.
The FBI said that the pair engaged in online discussions about the plot starting in May of 2019.
Officials said that Molina, Matthews and others used the chat room to “promote radical Islamic ideology, and to discuss conducting terrorist attacks in the US and overseas on behalf of ISIS.”
Investigators said that in one online post, Molina said that Americans are his enemy and added a graphic photo of a man being murdered by a member of ISIS.
“You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag…but I will raise the black flag of Allah!” Molina reportedly wrote.
Molina is also accused of sharing military manuals to help recruits learn how to break down and service weapons, build bombs, and other military topics.
For his part, Matthews is accused of helping organize the plot to bomb government buildings and Trump Tower in New York.
If convicted, each could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.Don't forget to Like Godfather Politics on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
Become an insider!
Sign up for the free Godfather Politics email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.