When authorities arrested bomber suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday, they discovered he was carrying a journal in his pocket where he had his jihadist mission all mapped out in his own handwriting.
The journal was obviously pierced by a bullet from the shootout with police on Monday, as it has a large hole right through the middle of it, and is stained with blood, but much of it is still readable.
Federal investigators made reference to the journal in their official complaint filed against Rahami on Tuesday, noting that expressed admiration for Anwar al-Awlaki, an American Muslim cleric killed in a 2011 drone strike, whose teachings have been the inspiration for many homegrown terrorists.
Fox News has dropped a stunning revelation about the journal – Rahami also wrote about ISIS, and about Abu Muhammad al Adnani, an ISIS leader who had called on his jihadists to “attack non-believers in their homelands.” Adnani was killed by coalition forces in August.
However, in writing up their documents charging Rahami for the bombings in New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice completely left out any information about Rahami referring to ISIS or to Adnani.
That part was not only not reported, but is not even included in the indictment.
Details about the writings in the journal are described by Fox News:
“I looked for guidance came Sheikh Anwar, Brother Adnani, Dawla. Said it clearly – Attack the kuffar (non-believer) in the back yard,” one section read. Page 12 of the indictment references this section without naming Adnani.
Rahami’s screed also praised 9/11 mastermind Usama bin Laden and Nidal Hasan, the former Army officer who went on a deadly shooting rampage in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was also a follower of Awlaki.
In addition, the journal included rantings plotting revenge against the U.S. government for slaughtering Muslim holy warriors. In one section, the Afghan-born Rahami suggested he was worried police or the feds would capture him before he could carry out a suicide attack, becoming a martyr. “The sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets,” the journal declared.
Another section included a reference to “pipe bombs” and a “pressure cooker bomb” and declared: “In the streets they plan to run a mile,” an apparent reference to one of the blast sites, a charity run in Seaside Park. The feds said the journal ended with the words: “Death to your oppression.”
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