An alleged supporter of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), accused of posting personal information of U.S. service members and calling for their slayings, was arrested on federal charges, according to the Justice Department.
The accused, Terrence McNeil, was charged with one count of solicitation of a crime of violence. In a press release, Assistant Attorney General, John Carlin, said, “Terrence McNeil solicited the murder of members of our military by disseminating ISIL’s violent rhetoric, circulating detailed U.S. military personnel information and explicitly calling for the killing of American service members in their homes and communities.”
McNeil posted personal information – including pictures, names, addresses and military branches – of service members on social media site, Tumblr, according to ABC News. One of his posts reads, “Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe.”
Another message includes a picture of a handgun and a knife accompanied with a message that says, “We have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for? … kill them wherever you find them….”
McNeil stands accused of inciting murder of several service members by the social media messages that he posted. Stephen Anthony, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said. “While we aggressively defend First Amendment rights, the individual arrested went far beyond free speech by reposting names and addresses of 100 U.S. service members, all with the intent to have them killed.”
The Pentagon thanked the Justice Department following the arrest, as reported by the Hill. Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, said, “I’ll let the Department of Justice speak to the details of this case, but do want to reiterate that we take seriously any threats against our service members, and we will use every tool at our disposal, partnering with other agencies, to protect our men and women in uniform. And we sincerely thank the Department of Justice for its efforts in this case.”