Jonathan Xie – Terrorist Wannabe in New Jersey.

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Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is a terrorist wannabe. Stealth is definitely not his middle name, fortunately. He was arrested on Wednesday for “attempting to provide material support to a designated terror group, making false statements and transmitting a threat of interstate commerce.”

Instagram post allegedly made by Xie

The FBI had been tracking Jonathan Xie, 20, for some time. He allegedly said he was going to shoot up a Jewish event, and blow up Trump Tower. He also created a poll on Instagram about the Trump Tower bomb idea asking for a vote. In addition, he threatened the Coachella Music Events, saying,

“Someone needs to get a truck filled with explosives and blow up the Coachella event Watch their blood and dead bodies litter the streets.” Jonathan Xie

The DOJ reported these statements:

In April 2019, Xie appeared in an Instagram Live video wearing a black ski mask and stated that he was against Zionism and the neo-liberal establishment. When asked by another participant in the video if he would go to Gaza and join Hamas, Xie stated “yes, If I could find a way.” Later in the video, Xie displayed a Hamas flag and retrieved a handgun. He then stated “I’m gonna go to the [expletive] pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.” In subsequent Instagram posts, Xie stated, “I want to shoot the pro-israel demonstrators . . . you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people . . . all you need is a gun or vehicle to go on a rampage . . . I do not care if security forces come after me, they will have to put a bullet in my head to stop me.”

In December 2018, Xie sent $100 via Moneygram to an individual in Gaza who Xie believed to be a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades – a faction of Hamas that has conducted attacks, to include suicide bombings against civilian targets inside Israel. At approximately the same time that Xie sent the money, he posted on his Instagram account “Just donated $100 to Hamas. Pretty sure it was illegal but I don’t give a damn.” In April 2019, Xie sent a link to a website for the Al-Qassam Brigades to an FBI employee who was acting online in an undercover capacity. Xie described the website as a “Hamas” website and stated he had previously sent a donation to the group. Xie then sent screenshots of the website to the undercover employee and demonstrated how to use a new feature on the website that allows donations to be sent via Bitcoin. On or about April 26, 2019, Xie sent a donation of approximately $20 in Bitcoin (including transaction fees) via the website as a test to see whether the Bitcoin feature worked.

In February 2019, Xie stated that he wanted to join the U.S. Army “to learn how to kill… So I can use that knowledge.” He stated “Idk [I don’t know] if I pass the training…If I should do lone wolf.That is why I have to learn military techniques from the Army . . . ” Consistent with his plan to join the U.S. Army, Xie completed Security Clearance Application for National Security Positions in February 2019. He answered “no” to the question “Have you EVER associated with anyone involved in activities to further terrorism?” An error occurred in processing Xie’s application and Xie was required to complete the application a second time approximately ten days later. He again answered “no” to the question.

The FBI stated that he had numerous profiles on social media, including YouTube. One Official told NBC New York that Xie had mental issues. But police found three guns in his home, so the threats had validity, and is just part of the reason the FBI moved ahead with charging him. The was no specific plan or date involved ( Xie faces around 100 years in prison for his statements, if convicted.

Featured Photo via Jonathan Xie’s High School yearbook.

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