Virginia Man Accused of Attempting to Provide Support to ISIS

SUFFOLK, Va. — A Virginia man was charged on Wednesday with attempting to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS.

According to an affidavit posted online by the U.S. Department of Justice, Lionel Nelson Williams, 26, of Suffolk had posted material favorable of ISIS to Facebook and ordered an AK-47 the day after the Dec. 2015 San Bernardino massacre.

“It’s time for me to take a stand. I stand with #Dawlah,” he wrote in March 2016, referring to the Islamic State.

In conducting an investigation, an undercover FBI agent friended Williams on Facebook and advised that the two might be able to meet up.

“I can’t wait for the day that the black flag of Islam exists all over Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Chicago,” Williams allegedly told the agent.

A month later, another agent met with Williams, who advised that he supports attacks on “hard targets,” and that if he were to personally carry out an attack, it would be on someone who could fight back. The government believes this means police or military forces.

The agent met with Williams again in October, who posed as helping to connect Williams with a man who was collecting money for ISIS. He said that Williams could only give if he knew where the money was going. Williams allegedly replied that the funds were “going to the Islamic State. You understand this. And it’s going to kill people, do you understand?”

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Williams also reportedly advised the agent that if he were to carry out an attack that resulted in his death, he wasn’t sure if it would be considered a “martyrdom operation” or suicide because he wondered whether his intentions were “pure.” He stated that a possible marriage arrangement might ensure his purity and thus his worthiness to be considered a martyr.

“In’shaa’AlIah it will be very soon. I’ve been preparing. I need to be married first,” Williams told the undercover agent, according to the affidavit. “After I marry and I acquire all my tools …. I’ll be going forth in’shaa’Allah, with or without.”

He was arrested last Wednesday after the FBI obtained a search warrant for his house. The AK-47 assault rifle that he had purchased following the San Bernardino attack was recovered after his arrest.

Williams faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted, and is among a number of American citizens who were arrested this year for expressing support for ISIS or plotting an ISIS-inspired attack. As previously reported, just last month, Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37, was arrested after expressing support for the notion to carry out an attack in Times Square, and Aaron Travis Daniels, 20, was arrested after planning to travel to Libya to join ISIS.

In October, Joshua Van Haften, 35, pled guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and Muhamad Elfatih Badawi, 25, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted in June of this year. Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, was also arrested after allegedly plotting to kill a U.S. military member for ISIS.

FBI Director James Comey remarked earlier this year that he believes ISIS sympathizers are present nationwide.

“We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” he told a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see…”

Comey explained that Islamic terror groups believe that they are carrying out their acts as part of the end times.

“ISIL in particular is putting out a siren song with their slick propaganda through social media that goes like this: ‘Troubled soul, come to the caliphate. You will live a life of glory. These are the apocalyptic end times. You will find a life of meaning here fighting for our so-called caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are,” he outlined. “That is a message that goes out to troubled souls everywhere.”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Don’t pop songs sing exactly like that nowadays, promoting violence and immorality upon young people? Children and youth need Christian education to value everyone’s life unconditionally. Secular education teaches immorality and makes young people hopeless about life. Secular society teaches that evil is cool. Humans are born-sinners. Amorality sure leads to crimes against humanity by one way or another. Secular West must at least stop attacking Christianity. It is so suicidal for a civilization to attack something so unequally good and true. Christianity alone is also the Western civilization’s sane conscience. Man must never attack his own conscience.

    • Jenny Ondioline

      Your strange leaps of logic are sometimes too difficult to make sense of, Grace. The basis of this story is “A Virginia man was charged on Wednesday with attempting to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS.” And you post about pop songs promoting violence and the “secular west”. In fact your post says precisely nothing about ISIS. It had nothing to do with the story at all, it was just proselytizing and hateful towards non-Christians. What purpose does this serve exactly?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        I’m talking about the root problem. Why do kids get attracted to something like ISIS in free secular nations? They just want to kill others and destroy self. Why? It’s evil amorality. Secular nations’ entertainment has been quite toxic for decades, but today even schools teach kids to be bad and immoral. These kids will be another generation of Nazi Youth who’d kill innocent people for no reason. Hitler did not make the Germans to do evil; the nation was ripe for deadly falsehood because of the blasphemous destructive liberal German theology.

        Education counts. USA must stop hating Christianity right away, before it’s too late. Those who hate Christianity NEVER value human life. US kids need Christian education to live and not die. Christian values are the lifeline for all mankind. You secular young Americans are well-fed and spoiled and do not know the reality on Planet Earth, such as how raw humans behave apart from Christianity.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          You’re taking a very complicated issue – what makes a person join a terrorist organization – and with no data or methodology whatsoever putting the blame on things that you personally don’t like. You think it’s a simple matter of calling them evil and saying that they just want to destroy other people because they are amoral and evil. The problem runs a LOT deeper than that and it’s probably got almost nothing to do with people “hating” Christianity. Indeed, most of the most moral people I know do not subscribe to any theology at all. Anyone who reads your posts knows of your hatred of the “secular west” and how much you think we’d all be a lot better off if we were your brand of Christian, but maybe it’s time you started backing up some of the things you said with facts rather than opinions.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Jenny, you are wrong. It’s theology – how one views God is also everything about how one views human life. I love America and am saying that the security and defense forces are wasting much of their efforts as long as the nation indoctrinates kids with godlessness. How do you arrest real Nazi members among the Nazi Youth where no one really values another’s life?

            If you are not determined to be the side of the Life and Good (Christianity), you will take side with villains in any way. It’s not a matter of how but anyhow. Today it’s ISIS, tomorrow it’ll be another savegery they think it’s cool to join. The problem is their inability to discern on the foundational level what is good and what is evil. Empires repeat the follies – trying to show off their good apart from God and they fail every time.

            USA knows far better than doing this. US kids need Christian education and real parents, and there is no substitute for these. Secularism’s attempt for utopia is over by failure. I myself believed in their neutrality(fairness) before, but it’s non-existent. You need Jesus to get saved and be unconditionally life-valuing on Planet Earth. Read the Holy Bible. John 3 and Romans 8.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Well Grace, the nice thing about atheists and agnostics is they don’t feel the need to go to war for any doctrine or belief system. I’d like you to think about that.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They massacre unborn babies in Nazi manner. Judeo-Christian value alone cherishes everyone’s life and protects it while conducting justice.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Not when they bomb abortion clinics.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Bombing clinics is murder. True Christians educate mankind not to kill unborn babies and estalish laws to protect unborn babies.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The West forces people to endorse homosexuality because it lost Christian virtues. Slavery all over again, this time by Western pervs instead of mere racists. The world’s grief continues. Thanks to American Christians for having brought the copies of the Holy Bible and literacy into the would before this Western Sodomism began. No submission to rich pervs. Man must live for God’s glory and with seriousness instead of being ordered around by powerful nudist Western pervs, no matter how powerful they are. The Holy Bible and Western Christians of yesteryears showed the way. The Holy Bible for truth and freedom, both then and now, always and for-ever.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You are making what you say try to sound like fact rather than the opinion that it is. Perhaps you need to stop labelling people “pervs” and blaming the ACTUAL people practicing illegal and sick behavior on atheists. The west by no means forces people to endorse homosexualty – people don’t ENDORSE it, they simply don’t oppose it because there is no good reason to do so. And “because the Bible says so” is NOT a good reason. The “world’s grief” as you put it is again a largely complicated matter which you are choosing to blame on people who happen to hold to a different set of values than you do. It’s deeply offensive Grace, and you need to rethink your entire belief system.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Like others, I have opinions on many things, but I state only essential factual things here. Practicing homosexuality is a perversion, even by Non-christian standard. It’s insane and suicidal that the West takes pride in such an abhorrent abnormal immorality. Who committed crimes against atheists in the USA? How? Do you know what your fellow atheists did to Christians in USSR and China alone?

            Yes, the West does force people to endorse homosexuality and serve gay weddings, and it is wrong. If the Holy Bible prohibits anything, man is free to reject it because the prohibited thing is evil. Rich West threatens poor nations regarding not-supporting the destructive Western version of immorality. If you get offended by what is right, the problem lies with you entirely. You must stop being spoiled. Face life. You need God to live in the right way. Self is a futile sinful entity to rely on.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            So you’re making statements like “Homosexuality is a perversion” and trying to make them sound like facts rather than your opinion. Do you know what would happen if you were sitting in a room full of psychologists and made a statement like that? Most people in this world accept homosexuality as a normal variation of human sexuality. They have studied it extensively and there is simply no reason to oppose it except for religious reasons, and even then it’s only the most extremely hateful and intolerant that hold fast to that belief.

            No, the West does not force people to endorse homosexuality. If a gay couple wants to get married, a church has the right to say no. And then the couple can simply go to get married at the justice of the peace. A Christian church that wishes to practice that sort of bigotry is free to, even in the secular west as you call it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Homosexuality is a sin and a perversion. The Holy Bible states so. You guys must repent of your abnormal sexual sins. Sodomy-endorsiung Westerners are abnormal. You guys are forcing your sick values just because you are rich and powerful for now. You guys kind of lost your wits by watching naked bodies too much since childhood. You guys will go exitinct with childlessness and the Earthlings will realize they passed another sick empire called Sodomic Western civilization.

            Refusing homosexuality is not bigotry but the right thing to do. Christianity prohibits homosexuality. It is Sodomy-endorsing Western social clubs that make the matter more difficult. The life of homosexuals must be protected, but mankind must never be bullied by the Sodomic West for refusing to serve or endorse gays in non-essential matters. If Christianity is not present, mankind cannot be fair.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I am sorry Grace, you are wrong. You are stating religious opinions, and they are in direct contrast to what we KNOW to be true from medical science and mental health experts. Same sex attraction is normal in a small percentage of the animal kingdom including human beings. Words like “sick” and “perversion” and so on are highly emotionally charged responses, and very much your opinion and with no basis in scientific reality.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Everyone is religious. To secular Westerners, hedonism is their religion. Scientists and scholars say that homosexuality is unhealthy and data show that gays get sick and children are harmed under homosexual lifestyle. Secular West has chosen homosexuality over God’s truth in spite of all the warnings and calamities; what Christians can do now is refusing to be enslaved or bullied by them by trying to keep religious freedom in the world, preaching repentance and faith in Jesus as usual. God does the rest. Silence in facing the Western Sodom’s tyranny is not an option.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            There is simply nothing more to say to you, Grace. Your religion has taught you to hate and to willfully reject science, and to do so in the name of a “loving” God. I personally cannot think of anything sicker than that.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Jenny, God is holy. Today’s secular Westerners reject Christianity because the culture is hopelessly sick immoral. There will be justice on the baby-killing, Sodomy-forcing West. You need to repent to get saved.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    US children should be made to love and respect America by learning about the godly hard-working Puritan Pilgrims.