#BlackLivesMatter Activist Had Ties to Islamic State; says FBI
New York City, NY – Federal agents are hunting for a well known #BlackLivesMatter activist and community organizer who fled New York City this past weekend after learning authorities wanted to question him about his alleged ties to The Islamic State.
Sealed federal court records involving the 22-year-old NYC native Mohamed Bashara reveal an international search stretching from the battlefields of war-torn Syria to downtown Manhattan. The records offer a rare look inside a federal terror investigation that could shed light into Islamic State recruiting methods.
The manhunt was revealed in a sealed search warrant that was briefly posted on the federal court online database. The records indicate the FBI is looking for evidence Bashara is supporting Islamic State groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS.
The investigation is likely focused on determining if Bashara is recruiting people from the Black Lives Matter movement and elsewhere to join ISIS, counter-terrorism experts said.
“I imagine the FBI is trying to figure out if he’s a recruiter for ISIS and if he’s recruiting others in the Black Lives Matter movement as well,” said Kevin Denning, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Islamic Extremism.
The investigation dates back to September 2nd, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hutchinson gave the FBI permission to execute a search warrant involving Bashara. Agents were reportedly looking for evidence he was providing money, personal and material support to terrorists or “designated foreign terrorist organizations,” according to a copy of the search warrant. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, to provide material support or resources to designated foreign
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