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Man Busted in Terror Case Allegedly Spoke of Bombing Trump Tower

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 May 2019 02:12 PM

A 20-year-old New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly sending money to Hamas militants in support of the terror group, NBC 4 in New York is reporting. Authorities say he also discussed bombing Trump Tower and attacking the Israeli Consulate in New York.

The man was identified as Jonathan Xie. He was taken into custody on Wednesday morning and charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated terror group, making false statements and transmitting a threat of interstate commerce.

Authorities say even though he discussed the attacks on Trump Tower and the Israeli Consulate, there were no specific plots aimed at those buildings.

NBC 4, citing a criminal complaint against Xie, said had tried to enlist in the Army for training earlier this year. On an application for national security positions, he was asked if he had ever associated with anyone involved in activities to further terrorism. He is said to have answered  “no.”

The television station reported Xie allegedly said he wanted to join "to learn how to kill ... so I can use that knowledge" and "Idk if I pass the training ... If I should do lone wolf." 

FBI surveillance spotted Xie outside Trump Tower in Manhattan last month.  Later he reportedly posted two photos on Instagram with the words: "[S]hould I bomb Trump Tower," a “Yes/No” poll. One of the photos showed an emoji of a bomb imposed over the Trump Tower building.

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A 20-year-old New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly sending money to Hamas militants in support of the terror group, NBC 4 in New York is reporting. Authorities say he also discussed bombing Trump Tower and attacking the Israeli Consulate in New York.
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