In my original writeup on the Times Square Muslim terrorist, I noted that, “Trevor Bickford, 19, had taken the train down from Wells, Maine: a town of less than 10,000 souls. Maine isn’t a big hub of Islamic terrorism so the local teens who convert to Islam have to go to more exciting places to kill infidels in the name of Allah and earn their fellow 72 virgins.”
Since then we’ve learned that Bickford appears to have converted to Islam after losing his father to a drug overdose. He warned his family members to convert to Islam, wanted to travel to Afghanistan to fight and finally decided to carry out an attack in Times Square.
The current federal complaint describes a few more details about the terrorist whom authorities assured us, “is not representing, you know, the Islamic religion but rather, you know, a very, very small percentage of people that get radicalized.”
Bickford started reciting verses from the Quran in his head to “hype himself up” for his attack. Bickford identified an NYPD officer who was isolated from civilians and other officers, took out the kukri from his backpack, declared “Allahu Akbar,” and attacked the officer.
The Koran is a terror manual.
A second bag that Bickford was carrying, also recovered by law enforcement near Times Square, contained a book espousing violent Islamic extremism, with certain portions highlighted, including the following: “Fight in the Name of Allah and in the Cause of Allah. Fight against those who do not believe in Allah. Wage a holy war.”
That’s a well-known Hadith. Again, these are traditional Islamic teachings that infected a Maine teen.
By November 2022, Bickford was interested in traveling to the Middle East to support the Taliban and took steps towards traveling to Afghanistan to ally himself with the Taliban and work with the Taliban to fight against governments that, in Bickford’s view, oppress Muslims. Bickford dedicated himself to the mission of waging jihad against officials of governments that he believes are anti-Muslim, including the U.S. Government. Bickford told a family member that he wanted to travel to the Middle East so that he could be a suicide bomber for his religion. Bickford ultimately decided that he would not travel overseas, and instead would wage jihad against the U.S. Government within the United States.
Or as the Biden administration called the Taliban, “our partners”.
In the summer of 2022, Bickford, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Maine, began accessing and consuming materials espousing radical Islamic ideology, including materials promoting the Taliban and reflecting the teachings of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a prominent radical Islamic cleric who was a spiritual mentor of al Qaeda.
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi is a “Palestinian” Jihadist writer who was inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite being considered one of the most dangerous Jihadi ideologues around, he was released by “our allies” in Jordan.
Maybe it’s time to consider the possibility that Islamic terrorists are motivated by Islam and all that follows.