Why is allegiance to ISIS not mentioned in NY bomber Rahami’s indictment?

Why is allegiance to ISIS not mentioned in NY bomber Rahami’s indictment?

One of the artifacts the FBI recovered after Islamic terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody was a blood-soaked journal found on his person. In it was an umambiguous paean to ISIS, which Rahami credited as having inspired his attacks on New York City and New Jersey.

On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” last night, Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge noted that entries in the journal paid homage not only to ISIS but to al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and even Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan.

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But one mystery that remains to be answered is why the biggest name on the list — ISIS — was omitted from Rahami’s indictment.

In the video that follows, Herridge notes:

It seems more than a bit odd that there’s absolutely no reference in the indictment that was released last night with the federal charges — that they mention all of these other terrorist groups but there’s simply no mention of ISIS.

Why would the Obama Justice Department exclude the nation’s number one public enemy from an indictment for an act of terrorism carried out first and foremost in its name?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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