This fascinating case involves a “keyboard warrior” for the Islamic State who allegedly used the Internet to create instructions for making bombs that he sold online for up to $20,000 apiece.
Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who claims that he is not affiliated with ISIS, has been indicted on charges of providing material support to the terrorist group — 14 counts related to funneling money, weapons, and recruiting people to join the ISIS, and one count for producing a “suspect explosive” that U.S. officials identified as explosive powder with a “potential to create a destructive explosive.”
The explosives — which were made using parts taken from kitchen cabinets in Hamdan’s apartment — were not near the body or individuals when they were seized from his house. Hamdan explained to federal agents that the powder, which he threw away before the raid, had accidentally come out of a sealed container. It is unclear who purchased the powder for him, though Hamdan’s indictment says the purchase occurred between August and September 2017.
Hamdan was arrested in late October after ISIS propagandists flagged him as someone worth sending money to for his financial services to cover the expenses of returning fighters. According to one of Hamdan’s Bitcoin accounts, his entire Bitcoin fortune, which was worth around $17,000, was funneled into the finances of a terror group.
Read the full story at The Intercept.
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