Muslim Convert Plotted to Help ISIS Kill American Soldiers
Not the domestic terrorism that Democrats or their media want to talk about.
The Justice Department, along with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Army Counterintelligence, announced today the arrest of a private first class in the U.S. Army, on federal terrorism charges based on Bridges’ alleged efforts to assist ISIS to attack and kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.
Cole James Bridges, aka Cole Gonzales, 20, of Stowe, Ohio, was charged by complaint with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and attempting to murder U.S. military service members
This is really the worst kind of betrayal imaginable and yet it's part of a pattern to which less attention than ever is being paid.
In or about December 2020, Bridges began to supply the OCE with instructions for the purported ISIS fighters on how to attack U.S. forces in the Middle East. Among other things, Bridges diagrammed specific military maneuvers intended to help ISIS fighters maximize the lethality of attacks on U.S. troops. Bridges further provided advice about the best way to fortify an ISIS encampment to repel an attack by U.S. Special Forces, including by wiring certain buildings with explosives to kill the U.S. troops. Then, in January 2021, Bridges provided the OCE with a video of himself in body armor standing before a flag often used by ISIS fighters and making a gesture symbolic of support for ISIS. Approximately a week later, Bridges sent a second video in which Bridges, using a voice manipulator, narrated a propaganda speech in support of the anticipated ambush by ISIS on U.S. troops.
Bridges/Gonzalez became interested in Islam and then establishing an Islamic caliphate.
On or about August 12, 2020, BRIDGES searched for the phrase: “Suicide in Islam.”
"The brothers who have been fighting to establish a khilafah have inspired me a lot, they’re love for Allah and courage to go against all of this world to raise His word to the highest," he allegedly wrote.
Based on my review of the BRIDGES Account-1, I have learned that between on or about October 21 and November 2, 2020, BRIDGES searched and viewed the results for the following search terms: “Isis nasheed,” “Ummat al Islam BushraAbu Malik,” “Isis ideology,” “Faking on joining the army,” “Abu Ali- Say to the Aggressor (Nasheed),” “How to Fake Your Own Death,” and “Captured U.S. Soldier on Tape.” Based on my training, experience, and 15 involvement in this investigation, I know that the Youtube videos “Ummat al Islam BushraAbu Malik” and “Abu Ali- Say to the Aggressor (Nasheed)” appear to be jihadist propaganda videos. I also know that the YouTube video “Captured U.S. Soldier on Tape” relates to Bowe Bergdahl, a former U.S. Army soldier who was convicted in a court-martial
And protected by Obama. Did this kind of thing embolden Bridges/Gonzalez?
Now here we're dealing with actual terrorism. The kind the media doesn't want to talk about.
The OCE, who was in New York, New York, then sent BRIDGES a series of photographs of federal, local, and foreign government buildings in and around New York City. In connection with these messages, the OCE also stated, “Everything is so heavily guarded, I don’t know that it’s even possible to do an operation in NYC,” to which BRIDGES responded “choose your targets wisely,” and asked the OCE if the OCE would be able to participate in a call with BRIDGES. The OCE agreed to have the call later and then stated, “I also went a few other places I will send you those oo.” After BRIDGES asked which other places, the OCE identified other government buildings in New York City. In response, BRIDGES commented “not enough firepower for that.” The OCE and BRIDGES further discussed a potential attack at the 9/11 Memorial. BRIDGES initially stated that he believed that the 9/11 attacks were murder. The OCE replied, “Yes I was thinking of when the diplomats came though, the heads of state.” BRIDGES then wrote “a key target” and “that could honestly be a sniper kill and then getting out quietly for a second attack.”
On or about December 27, 2020, after the OCE stated that BRIDGES should stay safe and avoid being “compromised,” BRIDGES responded, “No akh, If I were to be comprised I would either become a martyr or somehow escape the country.”
And actual treason of the worst kind.
As BRIDGES sent the diagrams, he continued to explain the depicted troop movements, including how the ISIS fighters should fire, when they should use grenades, and how to avoid U.S. Army grenades. For example, BRIDGES stated that the OCE should tell the ISIS fighters to stay a certain distance apart “because if the enemy throws a grenade then it won’t kill anyone,” and BRIDGES specified the range of a particular type of U.S. Army grenade so that the ISIS fighters could avoid it.
After the OCE informed BRIDGES that the ISIS fighters thought the U.S. soldiers would arrive via helicopter, BRIDGES advised that the fighters should “[d]efinitely get a lmg and a rpg on the roof,” and “make those little building to the east as their last stand if needed, and can pick a building as their ‘Alamo’ that they must hold until the last man, whichever building they choose should be the same one Emir is in.”
And there will be a lot more of this as a Democrat administration further dismantles surveillance and investigation of Islamic terrorism.