The fight against terrorism continues daily in the United States and abroad and terrorists are not people you are able to spot just by looking at them.
In the same way we teach our kids that any stranger could be dangerous, and they do not have a certain look, the same could be said for terrorists.
That was proven again this week with a New York man, Fabjan Alameti, 21, was sentenced to five years in prison for lying about his interest in joining the Islamic State and committing acts of terrorism, Missoulian reported.
Purported ISIS sympathizer in Montana, Fabjan Alameti, is set to change his plea to “guilty” on two counts of making a false statement to feds in matter involving terrorism. https://t.co/9DAgplM3Fo pic.twitter.com/hsehuSXCR3
— CEP (@FightExtremism) August 27, 2019
He does not have the beard that people think every terrorist has, nor does he wear the traditional clothing some would expect.
Alameti pleaded guilty in August to a charge of making false statements to a federal officer regarding international terrorism.
“Alameti, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of false statements to a federal officer in a matter involving international terrorism. He faces a maximum eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release,” the Department of Justice said.
“U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto presided. Sentencing was set for Dec. 13, 2019 before Chief U.S. Judge Dana L. Christensen. Alameti was detained pending further proceedings.
“In court records filed in the case, the prosecution said Alameti had been part of a terrorism investigation by the FBI in 2018. Alameti traveled to Bozeman in March 2019 and agreed to speak with an FBI agent. During that interview, Alameti said he had never talked about traveling overseas to fight for ISIS and that he had never wanted to hurt any Americans or anyone in the military, or words to that effect.
“The statements were false because Alameti used a Facebook account and communicated with others that he wanted to travel overseas and fight for ISIS because he wanted to die a martyr’s death. Alameti also communicated with others about targeting people in the United States and identified targets as gay night clubs, a federal building and an Army recruiting center. Alameti admitted making statements to an individual that he wanted to “shoot people or something,” “I will attack random people to avenge the blood,” and “I’m going to Montana and gonna (sic) buy a gun since all they need is a background check and ID.”
“Law enforcement arrested Alameti in April at a Bozeman shooting range after he allegedly took possession of a M1A he had rented,” he said.
Alameti, like the majority of people in the world, was furious at the New Zealand mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand.
But unlike the rest of the world, Alameti wanted to take matters into his own hands and avenge the deaths of those innocent people by murdering other innocent people.
The frightening part about Alameti is the sentence he received, only five years in prison for a man who wanted to commit a mass slaughter and who has since showed no remorse or change of mind.
Since he got his plea deal and agreed to plead guilty to a charge of lying to a federal officer, he has spent time in Crossroads Correctional Center.
An inmate at the prison told authorities in October that upon coming to the prison Alameti “almost immediately” asked where he could obtain firearms and explosives.
The question is, are we in the United States not taking the threat of terrorism seriously enough now that we are near two decades after the 9/11 attacks?
And how do we do more to educate ourselves that terrorists do not have a certain appearance and that we have to stay vigilant against the threat?