ISIS terror suspect was plotting to behead ‘Draw Muhammad’ activist suspect Pamela Geller before he was shot dead by cops
- Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, was said to be targeting the activist
- He was gunned down by authorities while wielding a knife on Tuesday
- Geller was threatened by the Islamic State at the beginning of May
- Came after Draw Mohammed event she organized in Garland, Texas
- Rahim and suspect David Wright ‘laughed’ about decapitating a cop
The Boston terror suspect shot dead by a cop was planning to behead controversial anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller, a report suggests.
Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, who was gunned down by law enforcement while wielding a knife on Tuesday, wanted to decapitate the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, according to CNN.
It was allegedly part of a scheme where he and David Wright, who had previously laughed about ISIS beheadings, wanted to murder a police officer as part of an imitation killing.
Geller, a conservative activist, was threatened by the Islamic State after organizing a Prophet Mohammed cartoon event in Garland, Texas, where two extremists were shot dead while trying to carry out an attack.
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Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, who was gunned down by law enforcement while wielding a knife on Tuesday, reportedly wanted to decapitate Pamela Geller, reports have suggested
David Wright appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston at 3.30pm on Tuesday charged with conspiring to destroy fellow terror suspect, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim’s cell phone
Wright (pictured left) was arrested at his home on suburban Everett, Massachusetts late on Tuesday in connection with a terrorism investigation. He was allegedly conspiring to behead a police officer
Geller, who is believed to have had an ‘army of security’ since becoming a target, told CNN’s Erin Burnett: ‘They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily.
‘This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?’
ISIS quickly moved to claim the attack in Texas as its own, while calling for the death of Geller, and suggesting they have 71 ‘trained soldiers’ operating within America.
On Wednesday it was revealed the suspects laughed about extremist beheadings as they plotted to carry out an imitation killing with a local police officer as victim, according to a sworn FBI affidavit.
Chilling details from the counter-terrorism investigation into Rahim, a CVS security guard, and David Wright were revealed on Wednesday as Wright, 26, appeared in federal court in Boston.
Wright was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation after allegedly conspiring to destroy Rahim’s smart phone.
Investigators feared the suspects were about to make an imminent move on a local police officer after monitoring them for around three weeks.
Law enforcement officials lift a knife that was believed to be held by Usaamah Rahim, who police shot on Tuesday in Boston after he reportedly lunged at them. An FBI sworn statement revealed Rahim had purchased three knives on Amazon in the past week amid conversations with a fellow suspect about beheading a police officer
Rahim, who law enforcement officers shot to death after he allegedly confronted them with a large knife, had told Wright ‘I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue,’ an FBI agent involved in the investigation said in an affidavit.
According to the FBI report, Rahim had purchased Marine fighting knives and joked about beheadings carried out by extremist groups, such as ISIS.
During a recorded phone call on May 26, ‘Rahim told Wright ”I just got myself a nice little tool. You know it’s good for carving wood and like, you know, carving sculptures…”
‘Later in the conversation, Wright told Rahim something was ”like thinking with your head on your chest.”’
FBI Special Agent Joseph Galietta said both men burst out laughing on the call and described the reference used as ‘to the practice of some foreign terrorist organizations to behead targets and place their heads on their chests in propaganda videos’.
The Islamic State group, based in Syria and Iraq, over the past year has released multiple videos depicting the apparent beheadings of captives, including several foreign journalists.
Rahim’s family are contradicting the authorities’ claims and said he was on the phone to his father when he was shot three times in the back on Tuesday.
Wright, who was arrested late on Tuesday in the Boston suburb of Everett, advised Rahim to destroy his computer and smartphone to ensure there was no record of the plot, the affidavit said.
Wright, who stands 6’7′ tall and was dressed in a black T-shirt, sat quietly in court on Wednesday as Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley informed him he had been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, which carries a possible five-year prison sentence.
Wright did not enter a plea.
Kelley ordered Wright into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service ahead of a June 19 detention and probable cause hearing.
Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, officials said.
The FBI report said Rahim purchased a Marine fighting knife with a ten-inch blade from Amazon.com and a knife sharpener tool on May 25. Two days later, he bought a second Marine fighting knife and another knife with an eight-inch blade from Amazon.
Surveillance teams watched the knives being delivered to Rahim’s home in Roslindale, Massachusetts.
On Sunday, Rahim and Wright met with a third unidentified person on a Rhode Island beach where the three discussed a plan to behead a victim in another state, according to the FBI affidavit.
A screen grab from the surveillance footage of the police shooting of Rahim was shown to community leaders by Boston police on Wednesday
Rahim had planned to travel out of state with an unnamed partner for his attack
However, in the early hours of June 2, Rahim called Wright and said there was a change of plan – the attack was now intended to be in Massachusetts.
According to the affidavit: ‘He [Rahim] said that he was going to ”go after” the ”boys in blue”. ‘
The FBI interpreted this to be a reference to police officers along with repeated use of ‘a vacation’, which was taken to mean ‘committing violent jihad’.
The counter-terrorism task force is investigating others linked to the two suspects.
A police officer stands near a multi-storied home on Tuesday in Everett, Massachusetts, being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day in Boston. David Wright was taken into custody at the home late on Tuesday
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters that when police officers and FBI agents approached Rahim in a parking lot near his job on Tuesday morning to question him, Rahim pulled out a large knife and advanced on them.
When officers told him to drop the weapon, Rahim replied, ‘you drop yours,’ according to the affidavit.
Evans, local FBI officials and prosecutors met on Wednesday with leaders from Boston’s African-American and Muslim communities to show them video of the incident.
‘The individual was not shot in the back and the information that was reported by others that this was the case is inaccurate,’ said Darnell Williams, chief executive of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, after the meeting.
The video was not released publicly.
Community members and police officials at Boston Police Headquarters prepare to see video on Wednesday of a fatal police shooting on Tuesday. Leaders from Boston’s African-American and Muslim communities said afterwards the video made clear the suspect, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, ‘was not shot in the back’
Commissioner Evans said task force members fired their guns, hitting Rahim once in the torso and once in the abdomen. Rahim, 26, was taken to a hospital but died.
The officer and the agent involved in the shooting were not injured but were evaluated at a hospital for ‘stress’, the police commissioner said.
Authorities also searched a home in Warwick, Rhode Island, but would not confirm that was linked to the Boston shooting.
Evans earlier said authorities had been watching Rahim ‘for quite a time,’ but ‘a level of alarm’ prompted them to try to question him on Tuesday.
Usaama Rahim, under surveillance by terrorism investigators in Boston, was shot and killed on Tuesday morning after he allegedly lunged at a cop and an FBI agent with a knife outside a CVS pharmacy
‘I can’t breathe’: Usaama Rahim’s elder brother Ibrahim wrote in a Facebook post that his brother was waiting at a bus stop to go to work on Tuesday morning when he was confronted
He said authorities knew Rahim ‘had some extremism as far as his views,’ but he would not confirm media reports that Rahim had been radicalized by online propaganda by the Islamic State group.
Evans said the officers didn’t have their guns drawn when they approached Rahim. He said the video shows Rahim ‘coming at officers’ while they were backing away.
That description differs from one given by Rahim’s brother Ibrahim Rahim, who posted on Facebook that his youngest brother was killed while waiting at a bus stop to go to his job.
‘He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times,’ he wrote.
‘He was on his cellphone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness.’
Ibrahim Rahim, the terror suspect’s brother, contradicted the police version of events and said the victim was on his way to work when he was shot in the back
Ibrahim Rahim, a former assistant imam at a Boston mosque, could not be reached for more comment on Tuesday.
In an email, he said he was traveling to Boston to bury his brother.
The Suffolk district attorney’s office and the FBI said they will investigate Rahim’s shooting, a routine procedure for shootings involving police.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations will monitor the investigation, spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.
‘We have a number of questions,’ Hooper said. ‘Why exactly was he being followed? What was the probable cause for this particular stop?
‘Were there any video cameras or body cameras of the incident? How do you reconcile the two versions of the story, the family version being that he was on his normal commute to work at a bus stop?’
Boston voter registration records for Usaama Rahim list him as a student.
Records indicate that as recently as two years ago he was licensed as a security officer in Miami, but they don’t specify in what capacity.
Yusufi Vali, executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, said the center’s security firm hired Rahim as a security guard for a month in mid-2013.
Vali said Rahim did not regularly pray at the center and did not volunteer there or serve in any leadership positions.
Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, said authorities ‘don’t think there’s any concern for public safety out there right now’.
Police work inside a gated community on Tuesday in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, where a residence was being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day
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