An Army veteran who served a tour in Afghanistan was arrested Friday on suspicion of planning to bomb a Nazi rally in Long Beach, CA, which was held Sunday. The attack was intended to be revenge for the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Mark Steven Domingo, 26, who converted to Islam, claimed he would swear allegiance to the Islamic State if they came to Southern California.
“Domingo, a former U.S. Army Infantryman, wanted to use improvised explosive devices against innocent civilians and he selected components that would make the bombs even more deadly to the victims he targeted,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “His arrest today mitigates the threat he posed to others in the Los Angeles community.”
An ISIS terrorist wannabe was literally caught plotting to blow up the Santa Monica Pier and LA freeways and you have yet to say anything.
Shame on you. https://t.co/C1bCvxHEuy
— GoingRogue (@KLGoingRogue) April 29, 2019
ISIS isn’t dead, despite popular media reports. They no longer have a military presence in the Middle East, but their leaders and the radicals they’ve reached over the years are still alive and well. America has been blessed for years since 9/11 with so many terrorist plots thwarted, but nobody knows when that blessing will be lifted.
Fighting terrorism requires law enforcement to do their jobs within the framework of the law, but it also requires American citizens to do our part. We must be watchful and alert authorities when there is a risk. Of all the things that concern me about the rise of the “Islamophobia narrative,” it’s the thought that people will see or hear something but not report it because they don’t want to feel like they’re being bigots.
“I’m extremely glad to be announcing that we interdicted a potential terrorist attack, rather than outlining the FBI’s response to yet another tragedy.” – Paul Delacourt
The military wing of the Islamic State has been defeated, but the ideology, radicalism, and terrorist components still remain. We must continue to be diligent and aware that there are people like this everywhere.