Ali Shukri Amin could have been graduating high school with honors this week, but, instead, he was in a courtroom facing an 11-year prison sentence. His crime… using Twitter to provide help for the Islamic State. Amin, 17, was also found guilty of helping another teen travel to Syria to join the terrorist group. While the sentence seems harsh for a teenager, it only goes to show that when it comes to ISIS, the FBI is not messing around. Consider it a zero-tolerance policy for the terrorist group that forced Archer to alter its entire existence.
But seriously, ISIS is no joke, and the government is well-aware that they’ve been very successful in luring young recruits over the internet, catering to their insecurities and desires over social media. Call them evil, call them crazy, but you can’t call ISIS stupid, and they are being taken very, very seriously.
“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL,” said U.S. Attorney Boente. “The Department of Justice will continue to pursue those that travel to fight against the United States and our allies, as well as those individuals that recruit others on behalf of ISIL in the homeland.”
Andrew G. McCabe of the FBI called the case a “personal tragedy” for Amin’s family, saying that they’ve lost their son “to the allure of extremist ideology focused on hatred.”