A Brooklyn judge ordered a suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the terrorist leader of ISIS held without bail after he was arrested at Kennedy Airport, the Daily News has learned.
FBI agents nabbed Donald Ray Morgan, a 44-year-old ex-convict from North Carolina, on Aug. 2 when he returned to the United States after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, where his wife lives.
Morgan, who has a previous conviction for firing a gun, had allegedly been brokering deals for military-grade weapons and ammo in his home state and was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
But what caught counter-terrorism agents attention were his chilling Twitter rants from the Middle East under the alias “Abu Omar al Amreeki.”
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nadia Moore presented a sampling of the evidence to Magistrate Ramon Reyes at a bail hearing last week to support her argument that the alleged gun trafficker was too dangerous to return to North Carolina on his own.
“It’s possible that he traffics in guns to people in this organization (ISIS),” Moore said in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Besides pledging allegiance to chief ISIS thug Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his tweets strongly suggested he may have been preparing for jihad in Syria, Iraq or possibly the states, law enforcement officials feared.
He also referred to himself as a mujahedeen, or jihad fighter.