Yet another Muslim in the U.S. succumbs to the lure of the caliphate — while the analysts who should be spending their time devising ways to counter that lure wave it away by pretending that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.
“O.C. man admits to trying to join ISIS, faces 25 years in prison,” by Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2015 (thanks to Darcy):
A 21-year-old man from Orange County pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to join the militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, authorities said.
Adam Dandach, also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, will face up to 25 years in federal prison for trying to travel to Syria in order to join the designated terrorist organization, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
Dandach, a resident of Orange, was arrested on July 2, 2014, at John Wayne Airport as he tried to board a plane to Istanbul.
The U.S. citizen told FBI agents that he planned to pledge his loyalty to ISIS and participate in weapons training under the aegis of ISIS fighters.
Following his arrest, Dandach pleaded not guilty and has remained in federal custody without bond.
Federal officials said he lied on his passport application so that he could get a new one to travel overseas and join the terrorist group.
Dandach claimed he had accidentally thrown away his original passport, according to the indictment. But prosecutors said he was trying to prevent his mother from thwarting his plans because she had possession of his original passport.
U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker said Dandach fell prey to “online recruiting efforts” by ISIS, which allowed federal investigators to track and intercept him….