AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – A man from Akron, Ohio was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he solicited the murder of members of the U.S. military.
Terrence J. McNeil, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio after being charged with one count of solicitation of a crime of violence.
Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said Neil solicited the murder of military members by disseminating violent rhetoric and circulating detailed military personnel information, explicitly calling for the killing of American service members.
“ISIL and its followers continue to use social media in an attempt to incite violence around the world , including the United States. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will use all of our tools to disrupt threats and acts of violence against our military members and their families.”
According to an affidavit filed in the case, McNeil professed his support on social media on numerous occasions for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
McNeil is accused of using a Tumblr account to post an a file with a banner titled, “Islamic State Hacking Division,” followed by “Target: United States Military” and “Leak: Addresses of 100 U.S. Military Personnel.”
The files contains images and wording meant to incite action against military personnel. Some of the messages read:
“Know that it is necessary for you to kill these kuffar! And now we have made it easy for you by giving you the addresses. All you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for?”
“Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk the streets thinking they are safe.”
The file then loops several dozen photographs, purportedly of U.S. military personnel, along with their respective name, address and military branch.
The final image looped is a picture of a handgun and a knife with text that reads “…and kill them wherever you find them…”
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Cleveland. This case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.