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Have FBI found home-grown jihadi in Pennsylvania? Thoughts

A 21-year-old loner from Armstrong County had an arsenal in his bedroom, a radical Islamist online persona and videos suggesting paramilitary training before his arrest last week for biting two FBI agents, federal prosecutors charged in court Thursday.
As a result, Emerson W. Begolly will remain in jail pending trial, U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill decided, over the strenuous objections of a defense attorney who said his client was nonviolent. A magistrate judge’s decision last week to ship him to a halfway house, which was stayed during its appeal, was shelved.
Mr. Begolly “has a strong desire to kill non-Muslims and many other groups of people,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song. “He was preparing, and he was getting closer and closer to bringing his words and aspirations to fruition.”

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Asked by myame at 1:58 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • myame

    Comment by myame (original poster) at 1:58 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:05 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • An initial detention hearing last week relied on thirdhand testimony and poems and chants attributed to Mr. Begolly. On Thursday, prosecutors presented new evidence, gained from the execution of still-sealed search warrants obtained in another federal court district.

    Mr. Begolly's bedroom contained 14 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a fake hand grenade, a military helmet and a gas mask, said FBI Special Agent Thomas W. Ferguson III. Three of the firearms, including one found under his pillow, were AK-47-type rifles, he said. Rifle rounds were found in the bedroom he sometimes used in his mother's home


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:07 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • If it's true, I'm glad they found him.

    Answer by tinamatt at 2:44 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Mr. Begolly was arrested after two FBI agents approached him Jan. 4 at a New Bethlehem Burger King, seeking to talk to him even as other agents executed search warrants on his father's Mayport farmhouse and his mother's Natrona Heights home. The parents are divorced.

    He is accused of reaching for a Makarov pistol, for which he had no concealed carry permit, and then biting the agents as they wrestled him into handcuffs. He is charged with assault upon an officer of the United States and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime. 

    He should be tried and prosecuted for the crimes that he did commit.  They couldn't have gotten a warrant if they didn't have cause. 


    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:47 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • If it's true, I'm glad they found him.

    me too


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:22 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Scary. Glad they caught him before he decided to go beyond bragging.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 3:54 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • A picture of the suspect gets a down vote?


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:51 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Do you ever wonder that it is always a 'loner'? If we were allowed to speak without fear of being called a racist, a bigot, a liberal, a conservative, unfeeling, too feeling, Christian, atheist, or any other 'horrible' thing you can think to call someone who has a different opinion from yours, we might not have loners. We have made it so that, even with the Freedom of Speech being in the forefront, we are more silent than ever. We are told that every thing offends. We are told that every thing is inflammatory. We only listen for buzz words so we can condemn. Loners are just people who bottle their feelings up and have no outlet to express due to fear of being attacked for opinions. We need a different discourse, but it has to be an open and honest one and not one of limited speech. We will have more 'loners' if that happens.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:03 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • jesse, interesting theory.... I think there is some truth to this.. I think that SOME in the over sensitive, over PC 'arena' have taken it upon themselves to call out every little meaningless statement as being racist, bigot, extremist~ that they have created an atmosphere where those who TRULY are a problem can slip under the radar.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:13 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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