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Alleged ISIS supporter's plot to blow up gays caught on video by FBI

A video was taken of a conversation between Amer Alhaggagi and an FBI agent wherein the young man details his alleged terrorist plans.
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Amer Alhaggagi appeared to be making plans to commit an act of terrorism against the gay community on a tape recently released by the FBI. 

The young man from Oakland California envisioned a time when he would blow up a San Francisco gay bar, sell poisoned drugs to the community, commit deadly acts of arson and blow up UC Berkley dorms.

“I’d like to kill the students,” he told an FBI agent who captured the conversation on hidden video taken two years ago, but recently made public. “I’ve been so excited about it. I’ve been hyped up," he laughs.

Alhaggagi, 23, was already on law enforcement's radar after having been arrested back in 2016 for identity theft. It was after that arrest investigators delved deeper into his alleged support to a foreign terrorist group; the Islamic State (also known as ISIS/ISIL or Daesh) and built a case around that. He pleaded guilty to those charges. 

The young man set up online profiles and proudly made threats against the community according to prosecutors. He specifically wanted to target “gays and Jews” and Berkeley University students for thinking they "are better than everyone else.”

The sting operation resulted in Alhaggagi revealing that his uncle was allegedly a recruiter for Al-Qaeda. He also said he had instructions on how to make bombs, and was asked by terrorists for intel on potential venues for an attack. 

“How I’m seeing it is that we could get away so easily," he tells the FBI agent. "Like if you want to plant a bomb or walk into a place with a bomb, you don’t even have to do it yourself.”

“Like, there’s so many homeless people that would do it for you, like for a dollar or something. I could tell them to walk into the YMCA with a bag and they’ll do it and we could detonate it from outside.”

He adds: “I want to make it to the point where every American here thinks twice or three times before leaving his home, ‘Is it necessary for me to leave right now?.'"

Alhaggagi’s attorney defends his client saying he was not serious about any of the plans and he only made these grand ideas to get attention and he would never have carried anything out. 

It is now up to Judge Charles Breyer to issue a verdict which could carry a $250,000 fine and up to 47 years in prison.

Here is the video of Alhaggagi's conversation with the agent.