Ohio Man Arrested for Soliciting Murder of U.S. Military
An Ohio man was arrested by federal authorities on Thursday
and charged with soliciting the murder of U.S. military
members, the Justice Department said.
Terrence McNeil, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in the
Northern District of Ohio after being charged with one count of
solicitation of a crime of violence. McNeil reportedly solicited the
murders by disseminating violent rhetoric from the Islamic State
militant group (ISIS), circulating detailed U.S. military personnel
information and calling for the killing of American service
members in their homes and communities, Assistant Attorney
General Carlin said.
|Ohio Man Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting Murders of U.S. Military Members
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McNeil is alleged to have professed his support for ISIS on social media on
several occasions, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Most recently,
in September using a Tumblr account, he reportedly reblogged a file with
the banner "Islamic State Hacking Division," followed by "Target: United
States Military" and "Leak: Addresses of 100 U.S. Military Personnel."
Federal prosecutors said McNeil reposted names and addresses of dozens
of service members, calling for online followers to take the "final step" and
kill them. "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," said Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony. "We will remain
vigilant in our efforts to stop those who wish to support these despicable
acts." The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task
Force, which includes local, state and federal agencies from northeast Ohio.