Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ISIS in Virginia? FBI Investigating Possible Beheading Attempt

Trigger Warning:
The Jayvee team strikes again?
A couple in Virginia was attacked by a Muslim man screaming "Allahu Akbar."  Both survived, but now the FBI is looking into whether or not the man was attempting to behead one of his victims:
Federal authorities are investigating a weekend stabbing in Virginia to see whether the attacker may have been trying to behead a victim and whether the attack was inspired by the Islamic State terror group.

Wasil Farooqui, 20, was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding in the stabbing attack Saturday that left two people wounded.

The FBI confirmed to Fox News it is investigating the dual stabbing alongside the Roanoke County Police Department. A source familiar with the case also told Fox News the FBI is investigating the attack as a possible terrorism-related incident.

"The FBI is working with the Roanoke County Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening,” said Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division.

"While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident," Lee said.
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This attack is interesting for two reasons.  First, it's actually being reported by the news media as a possible ISIS-inspired beheading attack.  Don't forget that the United States has already had one successful beheading attack.  Colleen Hufford was beheaded by one Alton Alexander Nolan when he attacked her and several other people at her workplace.  Nolan had been actively pressuring co-workers to convert to Islam before the attack, but authorities said there was no link to terrorism.

Second it shows how difficult it is to predict and stop lone wolf-style terror attacks.  There's always the potential of stopping a major terror attack, such as 9-11, because usually there are intelligence indicators leading up to it.  All it takes is the right people connecting the right dots.  Lone wolf terror is another animal entirely, however.  Think of it like the "going postal" phenomenon if you will.  Literally anyone at anytime can become radicalized and commit a devastating terror attack.  The attack on Nice during Bastille Day has shown us how all it takes is one person with the will to commit murder.

Of course it IS possible to curb and even prevent lone wolf terror attacks.  Professor William Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection had a fabulous piece on how Israeli authorities have done just that.

Will US authorities have the political will to learn from the Israelis and tackle the issue of lone wolf terror before it becomes a huge problem?  Not unless we change course in November.

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