The police know who he is, and his Facebook page is filled with exhortations against America. Nothing will be done, no serious questions asked until Adam Abdulrahman decides it is time to wage jihad against the US, which eventually he will do. Until then, go back to sleep, there is nothing to see here.
From Vocativ October 27 by M.L. Nestel
This Man Has Been Plastering Houston With ISIS Stickers
At a time when the FBI is on high alert for signs of ISIS allegiance in the U.S., a bearded man in Texas has been proclaiming his support for the militant Islamic group in some fairly conspicuous ways. Adam Abdulrahman has been wearing ISIS garb around town, staging pictures in public places of American flags next to ISIS flags, and posting his critiques of American culture on YouTube.
You might call him an ISIS performance artist.
Now the man who’s dubbed himself “Houston Baghdadi” on Twitter has a new act. Throughout October, as the U.S. has stepped up a bombing campaign to wipe out the militant group in Syria and Iraq, Abdulrahman has been papering Houston with white-and-black ISIS stickers. He has plastered memorials, city vehicles, grocery store checkout machines and many other things, and shared his conquests on Twitter and YouTube.
With ISIS beheading Western journalist hostages and threatening in its forums to attack specific targets in the U.S., Abdulrahman, with his overt displays of ISIS fervor, is testing the limits both of the First Amendment and of his fellow Texans’ tolerance.
The FBI tells us that it knows all about Abdulrahman. “We were made aware of the social media reports of that individual,” a spokeswoman says.
We reached out to the Abdulrahman, but he hasn’t responded.
We first came across Abdulrahman a couple of months ago as we began tracking the social media activities of ISIS sympathizers in America. He had landed on our radar because he was a Twitter follower of a sheikh named Ahmad Musa Jibril who had helped funnel hundreds of foreign fighters into the war in Syria to oust that country’s president.
Some of Abdulrahman’s posts seem innocuous enough. This past summer, the 28-year-old posted pictures of himself mugging for the camera with cops. All smiles.
But more recently, Abdulrahman, who claims the title of “Islamic caliphate state fact reporter,” has gotten more provocative, and at times confrontational. He posted pictures of himself in September being booted from a Houston mosque where he had tried to chant and pray, despite requests for him to leave.
“Allah says I’m welcome, and this is the house of Allah,” he tells a cop. After a standoff, Abdulrahman was ushered out of the mosque by uniformed cops—but not before he belted out the name of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“May Allah prrotect(sic) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he says.
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