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DC Metro Transit Cop Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Assist ISIS


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DC Metro Transit Cop Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Assist ISIS

Aug 3, 2016

A veteran police officer with one of the nation's most prominent transit systems has been arrested for allegedly trying to help ISIS, officials say.

Authorities believe that while working for the Metro Transit Police Department around Washington, D.C. – a community he swore to protect – officer Nicholas Young was also trying to assist ISIS operatives find more ways to communicate in secret.

Young allegedly purchased technology-related items to send to the ISIS operatives so they could evade authorities when contacting each other.

Instead of allegedly engaging with true ISIS associates, however, Young was actually in touch with FBI informants and agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington, which has been conducting a lengthy undercover investigation into the office, officials say.

There was "no pending threat to the D.C. transportation system," a source emphasized to ABC News, which first reported the arrest.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld sent a note to colleagues this morning, notifying them of the case. Metro transit police "initiated" the probe into Young, and the FBI has been investigating for "several years" since, Wiedefeld said, adding that Young has been fired, "effective immediately."

Law enforcement first interviewed Young in September 2010 in connection with an acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, who had been arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, according to the Justice Department. Over the next several years, in interactions with undercover officers and an FBI informant -- many of them recorded -- Young repeatedly expressed his interest in terrorism-related activity, the Justice Department said today.

In several meetings throughout 2011, Young met with an undercover law enforcement officer and one of Young's "acquaintances," Amine El Khalifi, who has since been arrested and pleaded guilty for his plot to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department alleged.

During the same year, Young traveled to Libya with body armor, a kevlar helmet and other military-style items, according to the Justice Department. He told FBI agents he had joined rebels looking to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi's regime in Libya, the Justice Department said.

More recently, throughout 2014, Young allegedly met 20 times with an FBI informant, posing as a U.S. military reservist who had successfully joined ISIS in Syria. The next year, Young allegedly emailed the informant asking for advice on how to send money to ISIS members.

The FBI then interviewed Young under the guise of an investigation into the reservist. Young allegedly told the FBI that the reservist had left the United States for a vacation in Turkey.

Then, last week, Young allegedly sent $245 worth of gift card codes to an FBI undercover officer, saying in a message: "Respond to verify receipt . . . may not answer depending on when as this device will be destroyed after all are sent to prevent the data being possibly seen on this end in the case of something unfortunate."

Young, a 12-year veteran of the transit police force, was arrested this morning while at transit police headquarters in Washington, charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, outside Washington.

He is expected to make his initial appearance later today in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. If convicted of the charges against him, Young faces up to 20 years in prison.

In the past three years, more than 100 Americans have been charged with trying to join ISIS or are suspected of supporting the group in some other way.



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Nice to know they are targeting DC.