Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, NY returned a two-count indictment charging Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, an American citizen and veteran of the United States Air Force from New Jersey, with attempting to provide material support to the ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, the American traitor not only tried to join ISIS but, but attempted to provide ISIS with material support. The 47-year old Air Force veteran is being charged with providing ISIS material support, obstruction, and obstruction of justice.
In the press release, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said:
“Born and raised in the United States, Pugh allegedly turned his back on his country and attempted to travel to Syria in order to join a terrorist organization. We will continue to vigorously prosecute extremists, whether based here or abroad, to stop them before they are able to threaten the United States and its allies.”
“Pugh, an American citizen and former member of our military, allegedly abandoned his allegiance to the United States and sought to provide material support to ISIL. Identifying and bringing to justice individuals who provide or attempt to provide material support to terrorists is a key priority of the National Security Division.”
Pugh traveled from Egypt to Turkey to try and cross the border into Syria, but was turned back and held in Egypt when they discovered several suspicious electronic devices on him. They sent him back to the U.S., where the Joint Terrorism Task Force found he had searched for phrases like “borders controlled by Islamic state” and “Flames of War,” one of ISIS’ propaganda videos. They also discovered two backpacks he had in the Middle East, containing a flashlight, clothes, a jacket, compasses, and other items.
Perhaps most disturbing is, after leaving the Air Force, Pugh worked as a mechanic for American Airlines — a job which provided him ample opportunity to sabotage commercial jetliners. I think, and I believe, we truly dodged a bullet on this one. Major kudos to the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force and our Federal law enforcement partners for nabbing this betrayer.