On Monday, FBI agents arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man, charging him with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Alaa Saadeh of West New York also stands accused of witness tampering, with the FBI saying he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the agency, CBS News reports. The criminal complaint states that Saadeh's brother went to the Middle East in May to join ISIS, but was arrested in Jordan. Saadeh's credit card was used to buy the plane ticket, and he was aware of his brother's plans, the complaint says. Prosecutors say Saadeh told another person he believed someone "snitched" on his brother, and if that was the case, he would have to "kill someone."
Saadeh was also secretly recorded by an informant earlier this month, the complaint alleges, with Saadeh telling a potential witness if they are confronted by the FBI, "You just play dumb. Like you just really don't know. That all you know is that he was going to see his parents." The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force have been investigating several people in the New York and New Jersey area due to concerns over terrorist attacks around the 4th of July.
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