In a statement the Justice Department in Virginia claims that the 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin, a resident of Manassas who used the Twitter handle @Amreekiwitness and advised ISIS to use Bitcoin and other digital currencies to fund their terror operations, has pleaded guilty. The twitter account has though been suspended; its footprints are still available for users.
Ali Shukri Amin tried to show how ISIS members could more easily fund their operations without being noticed. He even went to extent to educate them how to use the virtual currencies like Bitcoin for which he uploaded a document. The Justice Department says that the teenager explained how ISIS could use Bitcoin.
The document that remains live shows how the Virginia teen tried to give ISIS advice about using Bitcoin has pled guilty to supporting terrorism. In the post he wrote:
New developments in Bitcoin have allowed marketplaces that run on whatever law system the individuals choose.” This instantly allows for shari’ [Islamic Law] only compliant markets that cross all borders, nation state regulations, send money instantly, and are untrackable by kafir governments.
In the blog Amin also mentions a site called Coin Brief. Though the website has now been removed, the write from him is still available in Google Cache snapshot. The document shows Amin’s pieces included a story on OpenBazaar, the Bitcoin-based “police-proof” website that just raised $1 million from venture fund Andreessen Horowitz.
The cops had arrested Amin earlier this year where he admitted that he facilitated travel for an 18-year-old Prince William County, Virginia, resident who traveled to Syria to join ISIL in January 2015. Moreover, as that individual, Reza Niknejad, was charged yesterday with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, Amin is expected to get similar treatment.
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According to the lawyers associated with similar cases the guilty plea from him demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL. The authorities are setting standards for treating terrorist activities in US.
Responding to the questions from media, Dana Boente, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said the youth’s guilty plea demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL.
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