By: Merrill McCarthy
Would-be-Jihadi, Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights, Michigan is back in the news.
You may recall that he was recently arrested on gun and marijuana charges and is in Federal detention. He has not been charged with any specific acts connected with terrorism, but there was a several month long social media interchange with an FBI undercover agent who has documented his desire to shoot up a local church, conduct a suicide mission against the arresting officer, and cause jihad-inspired mayhem whenever and wherever possible. He spoke about his dreams of beheading people.
Abu-Rayyan’s court appointed public defender hints at entrapment, saying his client was “seduced and radicalized” by the undercover FBI agent. There may be a mental health argument due to reports of hearing voices telling him to commit violent actions.